Grotto Bay GM charged with immigration breach
Grotto Bay Hotel general manager JP Martens has been charged in Magistrates' Court with illegally employing five US men.
Mr Martens, 55, yesterday pleaded not guilty to all five counts.
He was accused of giving work on April 4 to Samuel Rosenberg, Sean Rosenberg, Kenneth Hulse, William Peck and Randall Dyess without obtaining permission from the Minister of Home Affairs.
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner ordered the matter adjourned to June 28 and granted bail of $10,000.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Home Affairs said there would be amendments to immigration law in coming months.
She added: “The Ministry of Home Affairs takes the matter of work permit violations very seriously, and while we are not in a position to comment specifically on the Grotto Bay issue, as it is a matter still before the Courts, steps have already been taken to strengthen the work permit compliance regime.”