An employment agency is facing charges for allegedly collecting fees from foreign workers to find them jobs.

The government says Platinum-Care.Com Corporation allegedly charged two foreign workers a total of $5,200 to secure them each jobs, a practice not allowed in Alberta.

The workers say they paid the money in early October 2008 but in December 2008 requested their money back. They have yet to receive a refund.

Platinum-Care.Com Corporation and two directors are charged under the Fair Trading Act, which allows for a maximum penalty of $100,000 and up to two years in jail, or both.

“We have clear rules about recruitment fees and this employment agency knew them,” Service Alberta Minister Heather Klimchuk said in a release. “These types of fees can be a real hardship for people from other countries wanting to find jobs in our province.”