The directors of a Kingston restaurant have been disqualified until 2023 after employing two people who were not eligible to work in the UK.
Abu Muhammod Yusuf Islam and Mohammod Abdul Monaf were the directors of M & Y Enterprises, a company trading as Deea Restaurant from 145-147 Richmond Road, Kingston, when they were visited on 27 January 2015 by Home Office immigration enforcement officers who discovered that they were employing two workers illegally.
The company went into liquidation on 29 February 2016 owing £76,853 to creditors, of which £30,000 was the outstanding penalty imposed by the Home Office Immigration and Enforcement for employing the illegal workers.
Commenting on the disqualification, Martin Gitner, deputy head of investigations with the Insolvency Service said: "Illegal workers are not protected under employment law, and as well as cheating legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities these employers defraud the tax payer and undercut honest competitors.
"The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, makes employers responsible for preventing illegal workers in the UK. To comply with the law, a company must check and be able to prove documents have been checked prior to recruitment that show a person is entitled to work.
"The public has a right to expect that those who break the law will face the consequences and this should serve as a warning to other directors tempted to take on illegal staff."
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