Businessman guilty of immigration fraud sold foreign workers Canadian dream

HALIFAX — A prosecutor says a Halifax businessman exploited foreign workers from the Philippines with promises of the “Canadian dream.”Hector Mantolino, originally from the Philippines, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to misrepresentation under provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.The owner and operator of several cleaning and maintenance companies used the temporary foreign worker program to staff his companies, bringing 28 workers to Canada from the Philippines over a number of years.Crown lawyer Timothy McLaughlin told Mantolino’s sentencing hearing today that the total difference between the official salaries and the amounts actually paid to the workers was no less than $500,000.He told Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Glen McDougall that he took advantage of the workers because they knew Canada could provide them a better life, and “that dream was sold” to them by Mantolino.The Crown is recommending a sentence of two years in prison.Some workers who read victim impact statements say they were underpaid and worked long hours, remaining quiet for fear of being deported back to the Southeast Asian country.But others remain supportive of Mantolino, saying he helped them and improved their lives for the better.The Canadian Press read more

New Board of Directors for GPHC

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related$605M Drug scandal: No reason for COI into Lawrence’s involvement – HarmonMarch 24, 2017In “Business”Jagdeo questions whether GPHC board was structured to facilitate irregularitiesMarch 15, 2017In “Health”$605M Pharma scandal: There are grounds for Lawrence’s dismissal- PPPMarch 20, 2017In “Business” Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence, today, announced the names of persons who will comprise the new Board of Directors for the Guyana Public Hospital Corporation, GINA said. The minister said that based on the experience and qualification of each appointed member, issues that are currently faced by the GPHC should be addressed in a more timely and efficient manner.Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health, Trevor Thomas and Minister of Public Health Volda LawrenceKessaundra Alves who has a Certificate in Legal Education and a Masters’ Degree in Law specializing in Health Law, Ethics and Policy has been named chairperson of the Board. Lawrence said Alves is quite suitable for the position based on her qualifications.Other members of the board include Dr. Holly Alexander, Dr. Ivelaw Sinclair, Collette Adams (representing the Ministry of Public Health), Sonya Roopnauth (representing the Ministry of Finance), Cleopatra Barkoye (representing the nurses) and Kempton Alexander (representing the Guyana Public Service Union). Acting Chief Executive Officer of the GPHC, Allan Johnson and Director of Medical and Professional Services, Sheik Amir, will continue to be ex officio members of the board, according to GINA. read more