Halifax, Canada. Photo: Google Maps

A Filipino businessman has been sentenced to two years in prison for exploiting Filipino migrant workers in Halifax, Canada.

Hector Mantolino, 55, operator of Mantolino Property Service Ltd, was originally charged in June 2013 with 56 counts of immigration fraud following an investigation by the Canada Border Services Agency, CBC News reported.

Between July 2010 and April 2013, Mantolino told 28 foreign workers to provide misleading and untrue statements on their work permit applications and allegedly told them to lie about their wages if they wanted to stay in Canada.

Some of the workers said they were paid as little as C$3.13 (US$2.36) an hour after deductions. The minimum wage in Canada is C$11.35 an hour.

In December last year, Mantolino pleaded guilty to misrepresentation under provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act which prohibit providing “false or misleading information” to the federal government.

On Friday at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Mantolino was handed a two-year sentence for using the Canadian government’s Temporary Foreign Workers Program to take advantage of 28 workers he had brought in from the Philippines.

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