A Vietnamese restaurant is facing a potential fine of up to £30,000 for employing illegal workers following an immigration raid.
Officers visited Trungs, in Bolton-le-Sands, at 6.25pm last Thursday, April 24, acting on intelligence that the business was employing staff with no right to be and work in the UK.
Three men were arrested. A 29-year-old Malaysian national was working in breach of his visa conditions, a 37-year-old Vietnamese national had entered the country illegally and a 50-year-old Chinese national had overstayed his visa.
The Chinese and Malaysian men were transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the country. The Vietnamese man was placed on immigration bail while steps are taken to remove him from the country.
The business was served a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
This is a potential total of up to £30,000.
Karen McDonough, head of the Merseyside Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: “These arrests are a clear warning to those in Lancashire abusing our immigration laws. “There will be no slowdown in our efforts to arrest, detain and remove you from the UK.
“Employers who use illegal labour are defrauding the taxpayer, undercutting genuine employers and denying legitimate job hunters work.
“We’re happy to work with employers who want to play by the rules but those which continue to flout them will face heavy financial penalties.
“I would urge anyone with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact https://www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can https://www.gov.uk/check-an-employees-right-to-work-documents or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.