The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed charges against an American who they say is operating a call centre without a permit in Cebu City.
Jason Jeremiah Gentry has been charged with violating Article #302 of the Presidential Decree #422 (the Labor Code of the Philippines).
Gentry is said to be operating several call centres without securing an alien employment permit from the Department of Labor and Employment, said NBI officials.
NBI brought Gentry to the prosecutor’s office where he underwent a formal inquest before Assistant City Prosecutor Alex Gabud.
The American refused to be interviewed when reporters asked for his reaction to the charges filed against him.
Gentry’s arrest came after Regional Trial Court Judge Samuel Malazarte issued a search warrant for Gentry’s office in Cebu.
Gentry is the owner of an outsourcing BPO, Integricall – his arrest came after NBI authorities issued the search warrant against him – he was then asked to present an alien employment permit, which he failed to produce.
The action was prompted by a certain Oscar Razzour of Avatar Technologies Philippines. Razzour requested the NBI in Western Visayas to conduct an investigation on a complaint filed by former employees of the American in Iloilo City.
Gentry is said to have violated non-disclosure, non-compete provisions of his contract with Avatar and other labour law violations.
Authorities later discovered Gentry’s illegal activities happening in Cebu City, prompting NBI to apply for a search warrant against him.
In the search warrant raid, NBI confiscated Gentry’s laptop, employment contracts, lease contracts, DOLE acknowledgement receipts, and certificate of incorporation issued by the Security and Exchange Commission. Numerous other documents were also confiscated in the raid.
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