Edmonton man charged with marriage scam

Edmonton man would have received $5,000 from bride who sought permanent residency

EDMONTON – An Edmonton man has been charged with marriage fraud.

The Canada Border Services Agency alleges Gilbert Leland Platts wed a woman so she could apply for permanent residency in Canada.

The agency alleges Platts was to receive $5,000 for agreeing to the marriage.

Officials say it’s the first time charges have been laid in such a case in Alberta.

Platts is charged with misrepresentation and counselling misrepresentation under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

He faces a maximum fine of $100,000 or up to five years in prison

He is to appear in an Edmonton court on March 20.