RED DEER — Two Gasoline Alley motel owners charged with human trafficking and employment offences will learn their fate Thursday.
A 10-month investigation launched in 2014 resulted in numerous charges laid against Varinder and Ravinder Sidhu, both accused of bringing eight foreign nationals illegally into Canada to work at the Econo Lodge motel in Gasoline Alley.
Mounties began their investigation after being contacted by provincial employment standards officials, a tip that lead to the nearly year-long joint investigation.
In March, Ravinder Sidhu pleaded guilty to using false or misleading information to bring immigrant workers into Canada, while Varinder Sidhu pleaded guilty to seven counts of failing to keep proper employment records.
The two were also listed as corporate directors for numbered companies operating the Holiday Liquor Store and Winks convenience store, all located along Gasoline Alley south of Red Deer city limits.
During the investigation, Alberta Employment Standards ordered $83,000 in owed wages paid to affected employees, plus $8,000 in penalties.