11/27/2012 02:02 EST | Updated 01/27/2013 05:12 EST

Jonalyn Gandeza, Ira Nadnaden Charged For Collecting Improper Fees From Foreign Workers In Edmonton

EDMONTON - Two employment agencies in Edmonton are accused of collecting illegal fees from foreign workers in exchange for a job in Canada.

The Alberta government says in one case, people from the Philippines paid more than $26,000 in fees with the belief that their family members could come to work in Canada.

In the other, it's alleged $10,800 in prohibited fees were collected from Filipino workers and that employment opportunities were misrepresented.

Jonalyn Gandeza and Ira Nadnaden face a number of charges under the Fair Trading Act and the Employment Agency Business Licensing Regulation.

Both will make court appearances in Edmonton in January.

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