10/30/2014 03:04 EDT | Updated 12/30/2014 05:59 EST

Multiple charges against B.C. man for alleged immigration fraud scheme

VANCOUVER - The owner of two unlicensed immigration consulting businesses in Metro Vancouver has been charged with multiple counts of fraud.

Canada Border Services Agency says Xun (soon) Wang has been charged with six Immigration and Refugee Protection Act offences and four Criminal Code offences including forgery and fraud.

The CBSA alleges Wang advised foreign nationals to provide misleading or false statements on their permanent resident card renewal applications.

The agency says Wang allegedly helped about 165 clients create the fictitious appearance of Canadian residency to maintain permanent resident status and obtain citizenship.

He has also been charged with one count of tax evasion and two counts of fraudulently obtaining refunds or credits following an independent probe by the Canada Revenue Agency.

The border agency says the charges were laid after a lengthy investigation.