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The RCMP have arrested a man accused of duping Passport Canada into issuing passports under fake names to some of Canada’s most notorious criminal suspects, according to CBS.  

The RCMP alleges the passport fixer was aiding high-level cocaine traffickers including the infamous Alkhalil brothers, one of whom is wanted for two deadly shootings in Toronto and Vancouver.

One RCMP representative said the man was facilitating the obtaining of Canadian passports in exchange for money and reported that criminals are willing to spend $5,000 to $20,000 for a genuine document issued under an assumed name.

Police charged  the man last Friday with a string of passport and identity fraud offences after the RCMP’s Sensitive and International Investigations Section (SIIS) searched his apartment looking for hard drives, photos and other evidence.

“Canadian passports are coveted by people in the criminal underworld,” the RCMP rep said. “It’s allowing you to move freely internationally without fear of being captured. It allows you the ability to hide, essentially, from police.”

To date the RCMP have linked the man to 13 fraudulent passport applications, including eight that were actually issued by Passport Canada under assumed identities, according to search warrant documents filed in court.

Police say the passports were winding up in the hands of a crime group tied to the remaining members of the Alkhalil family (two of the five Alkhalil brothers were gunned down in gang-related violence in B.C. in the early 2000s).

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