Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Chinese restaurant owner jailed over immigration offences

15 February 2011 by
Chinese restaurant owner jailed over immigration offences

The owner of a string of Chinese restaurants in the Lake District and Scotland has been jailed for two years after he was found guilty of employing workers who had entered the country illegally.

Chi Lian Chen, 35, had already been warned twice by Border Agency officials who discovered him employing workers who had no right to be in the UK at his restaurant in Kendal in 2009. Further raids at other restaurants in Cumbria and Scotland found more illegal workers.

Chen pleased guilty to five counts of facilitation and harbouring of persons not entitled to be present in the UK. Not all employees of his restaurants were illegal immigrants.

Detective Sergeant Dave Stalker from the North West immigration crime team, UK Border Agency, said: "Mr Chen's conviction sends a clear message to those who think they can exploit people or disregard the law. Chen has earned a considerable amount of money through the exploitation of his staff and by avoiding taxes and National Insurance payments that other legitimate employers would have had to pay. Now he faces two years and a subsequent court hearing to establish how much money he needs to repay."

Immigration crackdown will damage dining diversity in the UK >>

Preparing for the immigration cap >>

Precautions to take when employing foreign workers >>

By Neil Gerrard

E-mail your comments to Neil Gerrard here.

If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to www.caterersearch.com/tabletalk

Caterersearch.com jobs

Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with Caterersearch.com jobs

[Newsletters For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail newsletters.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking