A visa fraud investigation has been launched into visa applications submitted to Marriott hotels and travel agencies in Canada, and in the US, according to a news release from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The investigation began after complaints were received in May 2017 from two U.S. citizens, including a member of the hotel staff, and the complaint alleges Marriott employees have engaged in fraudulent visa application practices and misrepresented hotel rooms.
The U.K.-based travel agency H&M Canada, which operates the popular Marriot in Toronto, confirmed the investigation was ongoing.
“The department of homeland security is taking appropriate actions to prevent this type of fraud from occurring in the future, and is conducting a thorough investigation into this matter,” the department said in the release.
It is also encouraging the public to be vigilant when applying for a visa to ensure that you are not applying for an invalid visa, and that you provide information that you believe will assist authorities in the investigation and prosecution of these individuals.
The DHS also said that it will provide more details about the investigation to the media once it is completed.
The investigation is being conducted by the DHS Immigration Enforcement and Removal Operations Office, which is dedicated to investigating fraud and corruption within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department on National Security (DOJ) Enforcement Communities.
The investigation is ongoing.