Employment of Illegal Immigrants – Record fine for illegal workingMonday, May 25th, 2009
On 13 May 2009, the UK Border Agency announced that the owners of a Colchester restaurant had been fined £96,000 for employing illegal workers – the largest fine ever handed down by a court in the UK for such an offence. The directors were each found guilty on 12 May at Harwich Magistrates Court of six offences contrary to Section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.
The bosses were brought to court after UK Border Agency immigration officers, acting on intelligence, visited the restaurant on 29 November 2007. Six illegal workers from China, Indonesia and Malaysia were arrested.
Each defendant was fined £5,000 per offence – the maximum permissible at a magistrates’ court – making a total of £90,000, plus £6,000 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Colchester restaurant is hit with record fine for illegal working
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