Nova Scotia

Man nabbed in illegal worker probe released

An 11th person arrested in a crackdown on illegal workers in Halifax has been released without charge.

An 11th person arrested in a crackdown on illegal workers in Halifax has been released without charge.

An official with the Canada Border Services Agency said officers interviewed the man and decided no charges were necessary.

The man was arrested outside the Halifax provincial courthouse on Thursday — a day after police and CBSA officers raided a home at 1 Wedgewood Ave. and kiosks at three shopping malls.

Eight young adults — two women and six men from Israel — were each fined $1,000 after pleading guilty Wednesday to working in Canada without authorization. As visitors or students they are allowed to stay in the country, but they cannot work here.

Iftash Jacob, the accused ringleader who is also from Israel, was released from custody Thursday after surrendering his passport and posting a $7,500 bond.

He must report to the CBSA every week until his next court appearance in February to enter a plea. In the meantime, he is allowed to stay in Toronto.

Another man was freed on $1,000 bail and ordered to abide by the same conditions.

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