Owners of a Northamptonshire restaurant could face up to £60,000 in fines after Home Office officials found three chefs working there were illegal immigrants.
Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers, acting on a tip-off, visited Mughal Dynasty Indian Restaurant in High Street, Raunds, on Saturday (July 18).
Checks on staff inside the restaurant revealed three men, aged 39, 32 and 19, were illegal immigration from Bangladesh.
All three had overstayed their visas.
The men, who were found in chefs uniforms in the restaurant kitchen, have been taken into detention while work to remove them from the country is carried out.
Alison Spowage from Home Office Immigration Enforcement, said: “As this operation demonstrates, we are working hard to arrest and remove those who abuse the UK’s immigration system.
“Using illegal labour is not a victimless crime. It cheats the taxpayer, undercuts businesses who ply an honest trade and deprives legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities.
“There are simple checks employers can carry out to ensure their employees have the right to work in the UK.
“Those who choose to ignore the rules will face the consequences. I would urge anyone with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse to contact us.”
The business now faces a potential penalty of as much as £60,000; £20,000 for each of the illegal workers.
To avoid a civil penalty the owners must demonstrate that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out before hiring the individuals, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.
Information to help employers prevent illegal working can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties.
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.