Saiful Alam, director of Indian restaurant the Prince of Bengal on Langley Way in Watford, has been disqualified for six years for employing illegal workers.
Home Office Immigration Enforcement officials inspected the premises of Nuha Limited, which trades as the Prince of Bengal, in December 2014, and imposed a penalty of £30,000 after they found two illegal workers.
Payment of the penalty was due by 21 April 2015, however Alam's company went into liquidation in March 2015, and so the penalty remained unpaid.
At the time of liquidation, the company had a recorded deficiency in excess of £139,000, including the £30,000 penalty.
David Brooks, chief investigator at 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 his competitors by employing individuals who did not have the right to work in the UK in breach of his duty as a director.
"The public has a right to expect that those who break the law will face the consequences. Running a limited company, means you have statutory protections as well as obligations. 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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