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Emry’s 2 offices shut as Labour, police step in

13 July 2016

A police notice posted on the door of Emry's Employment Agency in Room 802, On Hong Commercial Bldg in Wanchai, indicates that the Hong Kong police are investigating.

Offices used by Emry’s Service Staff Employment Agency have been closed “for redecoration” as Hong Kong’s Labour and Police departments begin investigating a possible scam on hundreds of Filipino job applicants for Britain and Canada. 
The closures came after the Consulate’s assistance to nationals section had endorsed to both agencies the first batch of complaints against Emry's owner, Ester Ylagan.
Using her other company, Mike's Secretarial Service, Ylagan allegedly enticed Filipino job applicants to pay $10,000 for jobs in Britain, and $15,000 for those in Canada.
She did not issue receipts or show job-related documents.
Following the referral from the Consulate, Labour officers began contacting those who filed complaints against Ylagan and her two companies, which used to occupy adjacent offices in World Wide Plaza in Central.
Emry's abruptly shut down its World Wide  office on June 30, and said it was "relocating" to its extension office in Wanchai. Mike's was kept open except on weekends, before it, too, was closed down for "renovation" on July 12.
On the same day, The SUN visited Emry's office on the eighth floor of On Hong Commercial Bldg on Hennessy Road, Wanchai, and found it padlocked.
A notice taped on the door read: “To our valued clients: Please be informed that we are closed from July 12 to 25, 2016 for redecoration. Office will resume on July 26, 2016. Apology for any inconvenience caused. The management, Emry’s Employment Agency.”  
Next to this was a notice from the Central Police Station stating “Report No. CRN 16036631, Case Officer D178 cd 157, Telephone 28599288.”
On Sunday, four of the complainants contacted by Labour told Labatt De la Torre they would not be able to attend the interview because their day off falls on  a Sunday and the scheduled meeting was on a weekday 
The labor attaché told them if they won’t go the Labour officers might just junk their complaint and they won’t be able to recover their money. 
Two of the complainants reconsidered, and said they would talk to the officers. One of them is scheduled to report to the Labour Department in Mongkok on July 21.
“Makikipagtulungan po kami.para matapos na, kawawa rin po kami kasi. Mga hiniram lang namin po yung pera,” said the other complainant.
Others are determined to go.  One said she already had her employer's permission, but is worried because her interview is scheduled in October yet.
" Tumawag ako para tsnungin kung pwede akong ma-interview ng mas maaga pero sabi ng officer hindi puwede kasi ang dami pang iinterbyuhin muna. Natatakot lang kasi ako na baka mahirapan na kaming maghabol kasi ang tagal ng imbestigasyoh", she said. - The SUN staff 

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