Film company accused of foreign worker fraud, extortion

Payam Bakht and Sareh Aminian paid $15,000 to a B.C. film company to get visas to come to B.C. as temporary foreign workers. When they arrived, there were no jobs and they were asked to pay more money to keep their legal status in Canada.

An Iranian couple are going public about how a B.C. business charged them $15,000 to come to Canada — a violation of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program rules — for jobs that turned out to be non-existent.

“We came for job. But they didn’t give us,” said Sareh Aminian, who said her husband was only given one day’s paid work. “It makes me crazy.”

The couple entered Canada in March 2013, under contracts with Parvaz Film Corporation originally signed in 2011 and 2012.

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