Suspected 'sham' marriage may have been designed to fool Canadian and Chinese officials, judge says

The unhappily married couple was introduced by an immigration consultant. Before their marriage, the husband transferred significant sums of money and a piece of real estate to his Canadian bride-to-be.

Meanwhile, the husband had divorced his previous wife in China just months before the wedding on suspiciously friendly terms.

All of these circumstances raised red flags for B.C. Supreme Court Justice Ward Branch when he was asked to write an order for the divorce of Rongren He and Ying Zi (Anna) Shen.

“I am concerned that the parties’ marital and financial relationship was designed, in whole or in part, to mislead Canadian immigration authorities and/or Chinese currency regulators,” Branch wrote in a judgment

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