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New illegal recruitment charge filed against FDH & no-show employer

03 September 2020

By Vir B. Lumicao
Only Biscocho was in court today to face 20 criminal charges 
Only Biscocho was in court today
Another complainant against two alleged illegal recruiters, one of them a Filipina domestic helper, has stepped forward, prompting prosecution to ask for an adjournment of the case during a hearing at District Court today, Sept 3.

Only defendant Marijane Biscocho, 42, was in court today, as her employer, Lennis Ebrahim, 56, was said to be sick, according to her lawyer.

Each faces a charge of money laundering and 19 counts of applying a false trade description when they offered allegedly non-existent jobs in Hong Kong and Macau to several Filipino jobseekers who paid between $3,000 to $10,000.

Judge K.W. Kwok adjourned the case until Oct 13 and ordered Biscocho sent back to custody.
He also ordered Ebrahim to go to the District Court within seven days to complete her bail application. At the same time he told Ebrahim’s lawyer sternly to make sure his client appears in the next hearing.

 “She should attend District Court and prepare an undertaking to surrender herself to court custody at every hearing,” Kwok said.

He said Ebrahim can either apply to have her bail extended, or make a new bail application within the next seven days.

The two defendants were supposed to enter their plea today, but this was again postponed because of Ebrahim’s absence, and the filing of a new complaint against them.

The prosecution told Judge Kwok that because of the new complaint by an alleged victim, investigators needed more time to consolidate the cases.

On the money laundering charge, Biscocho and Ebrahim are accused of depositing $127,000 in a Hang Seng Bank account and $510,500 in an HSBC account between 2018 and 2019, the sums being proceeds from their illegal acts.

Separately, Biscocho is charged with breaching her condition of stay by working for Ebrahim’s WHT Consulting Co, a recruitment firm in Kwun Tong, between Oct 1, 2018 and Sept 17 last year while on domestic helper visa.

A second Filipina helper, Ninfa Lumatac, was accused by the complainants as one of those who lured them to pay for jobs as gardeners, drivers and printers in Hong Kong and Macau that turned out to be non-existent.

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The prosecution later said Lumatac had escaped to Macau, then to the Philippines, before the authorities could act on the complaints.
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