It was a packed court room as two former executives of SISO were sentenced for fraud.
Former executive director Morteza Jafarpour has been sentenced to two years in prison, while co-accused and former financial controller, Ahmed Robert Salama was sentenced to 18 months, but he received credit for time served plus a day.
The pair was convicted earlier this month for defrauding the Canadian government of 2 million dollars through phony expenses, payroll sheets and invoices within the Hamilton agency.
It took a jury just eight hours to convict the men on seven counts of uttering forged documents and one each of conspiracy and fraud over five thousand dollars.
SISO was the settlement and integration services organization that helped refugees and others new to Hamilton transition to a life here in Canada.