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Indian education agent arrested, charged in
fake-admission-letter scandal in Canada

Los Angeles, June 26, 2023 A.Gary Singh

An Indian education agent accused of being at the centre of a scandal over fake Canadian college admission letters has been arrested in this country and is now facing criminal charges here.

On Friday, Canada Border Services Agency charged Brijesh Mishra, a citizen of India, with offering immigration advice without a licence and with counselling a person to directly or indirectly misrepresent or withhold information from authorities.

Only licensed lawyers and consultants registered with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants can legally offer immigration advice and services at a fee. Neither the Law Society of Ontario nor the consultants’ college show any records on their websites indicating Mishra was a member. Education agents are not regulated in Canada.

He was arrested when trying to enter Canada and was found to be inadmissible by border agents. He remained in custody until he was charged Friday for his alleged role in issuing fraudulent letters of acceptance to Canadian post-secondary institutions for prospective Indian students.