An RCMP investigation has led to the arrest and charges against William Majcher, age 60, from Hong Kong. According to the investigation, Mr. Majcher allegedly used his knowledge and his extensive network of contacts in Canada to obtain intelligence or services to benefit the People's Republic of China.
Mr. Majcher appeared today at the Longueuil courthouse by videoconference charged with two counts under the Security of Information Act:
- S. 22 R.S.C. – Preparatory acts for the benefit of a foreign entity,
- S. 23 R.S.C. – Conspiracy
The Integrated National Security Enforcement Team (INSET) launched an investigation in fall 2021 regarding William Majcher's suspicious activities. It is alleged that he contributed to the Chinese government's efforts to identify and intimidate an individual outside the scope of Canadian law.
The RCMP has a mandate to detect and disrupt foreign interference attempts. It investigates activities by individuals that pose a risk to Canadian institutions and the economy.
Foreign actor interference is a priority for many law enforcement and intelligence agencies around the world. The use of these kinds of covert and unofficial operations in Canada by persons mandated by a foreign state is likely to undermine Canada's democratic and judicial processes and threaten Canada's sovereignty.
The RCMP and its partners are working together with vulnerable sectors to improve Canada's response and resiliency to this threat.
Appeal to the public
Do you have information on the illegal activities of individuals or groups of individuals? Contact the RCMP at 514-939-8300/1-800-771-5401 or your local police department.