Four illegal workers were arrested during an immigration raid on the Wok Inn in Crowborough.
Officers visited the restaurant and take-away at 6.20pm on Saturday evening (21st January). Immigration checks found that four Chinese nationals had entered the UK illegally and had no permission to work.
Three of those arrested – a 45-year-old man, a 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old man – remain in immigration detention pending their removal from the UK.
The fourth – a 47-year-old woman – must report regularly to the Home Office while her immigration case is dealt with.
The restaurant now faces a financial penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker found unless the employer can demonstrate that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document confirming permission to work. This is a potential penalty of up to £80,000.
A fifth offender was also arrested at the premises. Checks found that the 53-year-old had entered the UK illegally. He must report regularly to the Home Office while his case is dealt with.
Assistant Director Richard Lederle, head of the Kent and Sussex Immigration Enforcement team, said:
Using illegal labour is not victimless. It cheats the taxpayer, undercuts honest businesses and cheats legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities.
All of our operations are intelligence led and I would encourage people with detailed and specific information about illegal immigration to contact us.
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