Three illegal workers have been found following raids at two Louth curry houses by Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers.
Yesterday evening (September 25), immigration officers visited two restaurants in the town, the Raj Mohal in Aswell Street and Bollywood Fusion in Eastgate.
Checks made at Raj Mohal revealed that a 46-year-old male member of staff from Bangladesh had entered the UK illegally.
A further investigation at Bollywood Fusion, found that two Bangladeshi men, aged 22 and 29 were working in breach of their immigration conditions.
All three men have been released on immigration bail while their cases are being progressed. If they are found to have no right to be in the UK, they will face removal.
Bollywood Fusion now faces a potential penalty which could amount to as much as £20,000-£40,000 for each of the illegal workers.
To avoid a civil penalty, the owners must demonstrate that appropriate pre-employment checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.
The Raj Mohal will not face a fine because the owners were able to show officers that they had carried out suitable checks.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “Operations like these are carried out across the UK every day as our work to arrest, detain and remove immigration offenders from the UK continues.
“Employers who use illegal labour are cheating the taxpayer, undercutting genuine employers and denying legitimate job hunters work. Those who wilfully flout the rules will face heavy financial penalties.
“We 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.