A Filipino-Canadian businessman faces possible jail in Halifax after pleading guilty to underpaying Filipino workers and submitting false records in regard to their employment.

Hector Mantolino, 55, operator of Mantolino Property Services Ltd, was originally charged in June 2013 with 56 counts of immigration fraud following an investigation by the Canada Border Services Agency, The Star Halifax reported.

Mantolino told 28 foreign workers to provide misleading and untrue statements on their work permit applications between July 2010 and April 2013. He also allegedly told them to lie about their wages if they wanted to stay in Canada.

Some workers said that they were paid as little as C$3.13 (US$2.36) an hour after various deductions. The minimum wage in Canada is C$11.35 an hour.

In December last year, Mantolino pleaded guilty to misrepresentation under provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act which prohibit providing “false or misleading information” to the federal government.

Mantolino faced a sentencing hearing on Monday at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, which could see him sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

The court has yet to release a statement on the sentence that Mantolino faces.