[Stop-traffic] News/Canada: Woman guilty in nanny scheme

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/Canada: Woman guilty in nanny scheme
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Fri Sep 22 2000 - 09:22:50 EDT


Woman guilty in nanny scheme
By Shelley Knapp
The Calgary Herald, September 13, 2000

A Calgary woman was found guilty Tuesday of operating a nanny scam that
brought Filipinos into the country illegally.

Luninging Yue, 40, was convicted of 16 violations of the Immigration Act
--11 of aiding or inducing contravention of the act, and five of making
false representation of employment.

Yue will return to provincial court Nov. 9 for sentencing before Judge
Sandra Hamilton.

The mother of two young children faces a maximum penalty of an $80,000 fine
($5,000 per count) or two years in jail, or both.

''We are very surprised with the decision,'' defence lawyer Rod Pantony
said outside court. ''We thought all of the charges would be dismissed.
There were plenty of flaws in the Crown's case.''

An emotional Yue declined to comment.

Court heard she lured eight young women to Canada with the promise of work
in the country as nannies, under the guise of the federal Live-in Caregiver
program. Under that program, they would be given landed immigrant status
after two years of live-in work.

For Yue's assistance, each woman was asked to pay about $2,000. one woman
borrowed the money from a loan shark.

When they arrived in Calgary, they discovered there were no jobs. According
to the rules of the federal program operated by Human Resources Development
Canada, nannies must live and work for the potential employer named in the
original application or return home. With nowhere to turn, the women were
taken to Yue's home to work and live, a direct violation of the act. Yue
had Calgary families sign false nanny applications, offering them money as
incentive.

Pantony said he will argue for a conditional sentence that would allow Yue
to avoid jail time.

Crown prosecutor Peter Major would not comment on the case.
Melanie Orhant
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