Restaurant fined £10,000 for hiring illegal workers

A Crewkerne restaurant has received a civil penalty of £10,000 after the UK Border Agency found two illegal workers employed there.

UK Border Agency officers raided Bengal Fusion, Market Square, on 5th January 2012 and arrested two members of staff from Bangladesh.

Immigration checks revealed that the men, aged 47 and 48, had stayed in the UK illegally after their visas expired.

Bengal Fusion was issued with a potential fine notice for employing illegal workers and given an opportunity to prove that the correct right-to-work checks were made before the men were taken on.

They failed to do so and have been handed a fine of £10,000.

Kenny Chapman, local immigration team, South West, UK Border Agency said: “Employers are responsible for carrying out document checks and we work with businesses to let them know what they need to do.

“Illegal working has damaging social and economic consequences for the UK. It undercuts businesses that operate within the law, undermines British workers and exploits migrant workers. The message is clear for employers, we will not tolerate illegal working and we will take firm action against those who ignore the rules.”

The 48-year-old restaurant worker was removed from the UK in June. The 47-year-old has an outstanding immigration claim under consideration. If he is found to have no right to remain in the country he will also face removal.

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