|Finnish company accused
of charging excessive recruitment
and training fees from Chinese cleaners
Helsinki (18.05.2010 - Juhani Artto) Timo Nyberg, the CEO of Sevirita Oy, and his Chinese
wife are accused of charging huge recruitment fees from almost 60 Chinese cleaners who
moved to Finland some time ago for work. The couple are also being charged with collecting
fees for language training the cleaners did not receive.
A district court in Helsinki will hear the case in the coming autumn. If the accused are
found guilty, they will have to pay hefty compensation to the Chinese cleaners. And
compensation, in this case, could amount to several hundreds of thousands of euros. The
lawyer for the cleaners has asked the court to order the confiscation of property
belonging to the accused to the tune of over EUR700,000.
Most of the almost 60 Chinese cleaners still live and work in Finland. Some have returned
Police have also questioned representatives of the Finnish cleaning company SOL that used
Sevirita's services in recruiting these Chinese cleaners. No evidence of SOL's involvement
in these illegal arrangements and doubtful fee collection has been established and so SOL
will not be among the accused in the Chinese cleaners' case.