This Article is From Jul 21, 2010

Oz restaurant manager asked Indians for bribes for jobs

Image courtesy: The Daily Telegraph

Sydney: A former restaurant manager in the Australian city of Sydney has been arrested for allegedly receiving over $20,000 from Indian students who were keen to work at the fast food outlet.

Police arrested the Filipino national from Woodcroft and he was taken to Quakers Hill police station where he was charged, Australian news agency AAP reported.

The man, who was released on conditional bail and will appear before Blacktown Local Court on August 12, was the manager of a Hungry Jacks restaurant at Parklea, in Sydney's west, between May 2008 and February this year. He was in-charge of hiring and firing staff.

He allegedly received cash payments from 15 Indians who were seeking part-time work as cleaners or kitchen workers.

The Indians, all students in their twenties, were asked to make hefty cash payments ranging from $500 to $3,500 to work part-time. Most of the victims received little work and one victim did not receive a job at all.

The scam came to light after the owner of the Parklea restaurant alerted the police.

Superintendent Simon Hardman on Wednesday said the Filipino would source people by word of mouth.

"As international students they (the victims) may not be familiar with industrial relations in this country and it was put to them this was the process to be followed to gain employment.

"(The victims) not knowing any better, they did as they were told," Hardman was quoted as saying.