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Edmonton job recruiters charged for misleading foreign workers

Two Edmonton-based employment agencies are facing charges from the Alberta government after allegedly collecting illegal fees from foreign workers in exchange for employment.

In a release Tuesday, the province said Jonalyn Gandeza has been charged with collecting prohibited fees, which add up to over $26,000 from three victims in 2011 and 2012.

The release said the victims allegedly paid the money believing that their family members from the Philippines could come to work in Canada. Gandeza is also alleged to have falsely claimed she was working for AMEC and provided false labour market opinions, and is facing three counts of operating an unlicensed employment agency, three counts of charging prospective employees to help them locate employment, three counts of misleading or deceiving a consumer, and three counts of representing that her services have sponsorship, approval, or other attributes they do not.

“The Alberta government is committed to ensuring that foreign workers are treated fairly”, said Service Alberta Minister Manmeet Bhullar in the statement.

“We have regulations in place to protect job seekers and there are serious consequences for businesses that take advantage people looking for work in Alberta.”

Another business owner, Ira Nadnaden, has been charged with collecting $10,800 in prohibited fees from two victims and misrepresenting employment opportunities, living costs and wages in 2011. The alleged victims are from the Philippines and were offered jobs on a chicken farm in Parkland County.

Nadnaden faces two counts of operating an unlicensed employment agency, two counts misleading or deceiving a consumer, two counts of representing that her services have sponsorship, approval, or other attributes they do not, and two counts of charging prospective employees to help them locate employment.

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