Filipino in Canada Accused of Immigration Fraud, Cheating Pinoy Temp Workers
A Filipino businessman based in Canada is being charged of immigration fraud for allegedly offering advice to Filipino applicants to provide dishonest statements regarding their work permit applications, according to Globalnews.ca.
Hector Mantolino, owner and operator of Mantolino Property Services Ltd., faces 56 charges of immigration fraud under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, according to Global News. The defendant is also accused of giving false statements to the federal government about condition of employment and rate of pay of hired foreign workers.
According to Canadian Border Services Agency, Mantolino allegedly victimized 28 temporary foreign workers, paying some cleaners from the Philippines as little as $3.13 an hour and telling them to lie about their wages if they wanted to stay in Canada.
A preliminary hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to proceed with Mantolino’s formal trial.
Mantolino is also accused of setting up false businesses and submitting fraudulent documents to Service Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration.