A temporary employment agent from Balzan, faces charges for allegedly deceiving approximately 280 third-country nationals by enticing them to pay for job contracts in Malta that never materialised.
The immigration police brought charges against Jonathan James Borg, accusing him of orchestrating a scheme that targeted mainly Indian foreign workers with promises of employment and accommodation in Malta.
Upon arriving in Malta, the migrants discovered that their expectations were shattered. The scheme unraveled when individuals, who were promised jobs and housing by Borg, began contacting his employer to complain about unfulfilled commitments.
Police investigations revealed that the third-country nationals had entered Malta using falsified travel and employment documents linked to Borg. Each migrant reportedly paid around €4,000, only to find themselves jobless and without accommodation.
Borg pleaded not guilty to charges including human trafficking conspiracy, assisting foreign workers in violating immigration laws, unauthorised use of electronic data, tampering with data, software or documentation, and document fraud.
Additionally, he faced charges of breaching an anti-money laundering attachment order, committing offences while under suspended sentences from 2019, and relapsing. Despite his plea, the court denied bail due to concerns about witness testimony and Borg’s previous violation of court orders. A freezing order was imposed on all of Borg’s assets.