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Restaurant boss banned for seven years for employing illegal workers

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Restaurant boss banned for seven years for employing illegal workers

The director of a restaurant in Berkshire has been disqualified for seven years after she was found to be employing illegal workers.

Rokeya Monir was the sole registered director of Nawab Lounge Ltd, which traded as Nawab, an Indian restaurant and takeaway on 4-5 Broadway in Thatcham, Berkshire.

She was disqualified on 28 September 2017 for employing three illegal workers, following an investigation by the Insolvency Service and Home Office Immigration Enforcement in 2015.

On 27 February 2015, Home Office Immigration Enforcement issued Monir with a fine of £30,000. However Nawab Lounge Ltd went into liquidation on 5 August 2015 with the payment outstanding.

David Brooks a chief investigator with the Insolvency Service said: “The Insolvency Service rigorously pursues directors who fail to pay penalties imposed by the government for breaking employment and immigration laws. We have worked closely in this case with our colleagues at the Home Office to achieve this disqualification.

“The director sought to gain an unfair advantage over her competitors by employing individuals who did not have the right to work in the UK in breach of her duty as a director.

“The public has a right to expect that those who break the law will face the consequences. If you fail to comply with your obligations, the Insolvency Service will investigate and you run the risk of being removed from the business environment.”

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