Concerned citizen helps police nab illegal TFW recruiter after government fails to act

January 29, 2015  Halton Police arrested Imelda Saluma for an illegal check cashing scheme1.  This is not Ms. Saluma’s biggest offense, however; she is wanted by the Toronto PD for defrauding foreign workers who seek to work in Canada through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. 1   4

ntfw.ca can verify that Calgary resident Bernadette Boudreault carried out an three-month-long investigation into Imelda Saluma and GoWest Jobs, after the Harper government failed to take action. Ms. Boudreault informed the Toronto Police Department of her findings early on, and kept in touch with the Toronto PD.

The police probe started in October 2014 after hearing allegations from Ms. Boudreault, and possibly others, that many people had been defrauded by GoWest Jobs International, a recruiting agency primarily dealing with migrant workers. 4

Police say that GoWest Jobs received over $1.5 million in fees from over 500 applicants, 1   4 and that many applicants were Filipino. 4

Police say applicants would pay for employment contracts & permits; applicants would be denied entry to Canada due to fraudulent documents submitted on their behalf, and would be barred from re-applying for 2 years. 4

Saskatchewan Immigration Services states that foreign workers paid GoWest Jobs for contracts, and the permit known as a Labour Market Opinion (LMO, now called LMIA).  The foreign workers were sent contracts by Rose Lising-Grey & Imelda Saluma 2

The Philippines government stated publicly that GoWest Jobs has been selling fake jobs; 2   3 the Philippines government was notified by the government of Saskatchewan about GoWest Jobs’ fake job offers & forged Labor Market Opinions 2   3

GoWest Jobs is not a licensed recruiter; the licensing involves background checks by government personnel, follow-up checks, and an insurance bond. 3  Licensed recruiter Actyl says  workers paying recruiters is a red flag 3

“We were in Croatia last year and that was a pretty common story,” said Linda West, Actyl Group President. “The fees seemed to be between $500 and $8,000.” 3

The Philippines’ Department of Labour and EmploymentOverseas  warned Filipino citizens last month about the alleged fraud committed by GoWestJobs. 2

Several Filipinos asked Saskatchewan-based SRI Homes if signed employment contracts & LMOs from GoWest Jobs (purportedly to fill vacancies for SRI Homes) were real. 2

SRI Homes general manager has stated that his signature was forged in employment contracts,  2   3 and Employment & Social Development Canada (ESDC) says the LMOs were fake. 2

Many similar stories people losing thousands of dollars from GoWest easily found on immigration services websites; 3 Potential victims advised to submit affidavit of complaint to Philippines Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). 2

As of Feb.5, 2014, no recruiting companies are listed as banned from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. 5   Bernadette Boudreault claims that GoWestJobs first came to the attention of the Employment and Social Development Canada more than a year ago, but the department failed to take any action, even after then-Employment Minister Jason Kenney personally promised her that he’d do so.

“This shows the corruption of program and incredible incompetence of Kenney’s immigration department,” (Kenney was Minister for CIC from 2008-13)  Boudreault said. “And believe it or not I have found links to other major recruiters. This fraud runs deep.”

 

 

  1. Imelda Fronda Saluma from Oakville charged with 4 Counts of Fraud
    By Chantal Corner, Oakville News
    Published Jan.30, 2015     Accessed Feb.5, 2015
    http://oakvillenews.org/imelda-fronda-saluma-from-oakville-charged-with-4-counts-of-fraud/
  2. News Advisory 2 January 2015
    POEA issues warning on immigration consultant

    Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
    Published Jan.2, 2015     Accessed Feb.5, 2015
    http://www.poea.gov.ph/News/2015/PR_Jan2015_GoWest.pdf
  3. Philippines issue warning of recruitment scam in Saskatchewan
    By Kim Smith, Global News
    Published January 9, 2015     Accessed Feb.5, 2015
    http://globalnews.ca/news/1765963/philippines-warns-of-recruitment-scam-in-saskatchewan/
  4. Toronto woman faces 39 charges in immigration fraud case
    By The Canadian Press
    Published Feb.5, 2015
    Accessed Feb.5, 2015
    http://globalnews.ca/news/1813342/toronto-woman-faces-39-charges-in-immigration-fraud-case/
  5. Employers who have broken the rules from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program
    By Employment and Social Development Canada
    Accessed Feb.5, 2015
    http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/foreign_workers/employers_revoked.shtml
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  1. “And believe it or not I have found links to other major recruiters. This fraud runs deep”
    This racket is run by the HARPERCONS for the benefit of their wealthy cronies. They must all be jailed.

  2. The whole TFW program sickens me. There are Canadains on welfare, and on the EI rolls. They need to be put to work first.And if they refuse to do the job, then they should be kicked off the free money train. If they make more on EI than the job pays, then EI should top it up. As to TFWs? Thousands that come here stay here illegally after their Work Visa expires. Canada is going to suffer the same fate The Netherlands did 25 some odd years ago. They opened up the doors to Turks and within 5 years were overrun by millions of them. And they all started out as TFWs.

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