Arrest Made In An Immigration Fraud Investigation: Many Filipinos Allegedly Defrauded Of Over $1.5 Million

February 5, 2015 News
Imelda Mel Saluma

Above: Imelda Mel Saluma, 46, arrested in $1.5 million immigration Fraud investigation

Arrest in immigration Fraud investigation, Imelda “Mel” Fronda Saluma, 46, faces 39 charges, Police believe there may be more victims.

Broadcast time: 06:58
Thursday, February 5, 2015

31 Division

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in an immigration Fraud investigation.

During October 2014, 31 Division Fraud Squad began an investigation where a large number of people had been allegedly defrauded of over $1.5 million by GoWest Jobs International at 1315 Finch Avenue West #500. GoWest Jobs International is a recruiting agency primarily dealing with immigrant workers.

It is alleged that:

  • individuals, their family and friends from other countries, would be recruited for jobs in Canada
  • many of the foreign applicants are of Filipino descent
  • payment was requested for positive documents, references and employment contracts to be provided to applicants
  • the application would be submitted to the government agency in the foreign country
  • this paperwork is necessary to be allowed to work in Canada under the government program
  • the applicants were then denied entry to Canada due to the fraudulent documents and contracts submitted on their behalf
  • the applicant would then be banned from re-applying for two years
  • the company received over $1.5 million in fees from over 500 applicants recruited in six different countries

On Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Imelda “Mel” Fronda Saluma, 46, of Toronto, was charged with:

  1. 11 counts of Fraud Over $5000
  2. nine counts of Pass Off Wares/Services
  3. eight counts of Fraud Under $5000
  4. nine counts of Obtain Money by False Pretense
  5. Make False Statement to Procure Discount
  6. Make Document Without Authority

She made a court appearance on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 1000 Finch Avenue West, room 306, for a bail hearing.

Police believe there may be more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.


February 7, 2015

The Philippine Department of Justice (D.O.J) would soon release the Warrant of Arrest to both IMELDA FRONDA SALUMA and CHONA FRONDA DUXBORY for victimizing Filipinos (OFW) a Syndicate Large Scale Estafa which non-bailable. Our Philippine with the coordination of Local Police in Ontario would enforce the Warrant of Arrest based on the bilateral agreement under the Extradition Treaty.


This is just a ploy to make them walk. The DOJ has nothing to do with the case as they happened in Canada. Somebody in the Philippines is working to make them go home free. With their connections, it is a ploy so dont let the DOJ kuno to take over. They have to be jailed here in Canada for us to witness it. Don’t let them go home. They have family connections. Believe me, if this happens, then the criminals will walk.