06/12/2012 04:14 EDT | Updated 06/12/2012 04:35 EDT

Woman Bilked Immigrant Out Of $2 Million, Police Say

A Calgary woman has been charged with defrauding an immigrant to Canada out of more than $2 million in property and cash.

Police allege Melissa Holman, 40, duped the victim last summer into believing it was unsafe for her to have local assets while staying in Canada on a visa.

The victim was persuaded to turn over the deeds to two properties — one in Signal Hill and one in Springbank — and provide the culprit with access to her bank account, police said.

At the time of the offences Holman was president of the Temporary Foreign Workers Association of Canada (TFWA).

Police began investigating the matter last September.

Holman was arrested last week and faces charges of fraud and theft. Her next court appearance is set for Aug. 21.