The director of an Indian restaurant in Romsey has been banned for seven years for employing illegal workers.
Mohammad Shajahan, 51, was the director of Rose Garden (UK) Limited (Rose), trading under the name Alresford Indian & Bangladeshi Restaurant.
On 9 March 2016 Home Office Immigration Enforcement Officers found five workers who were not eligible to work in the UK, employed at the restaurant.
The company was fined £100,000 by the Home Office Immigration and Enforcement for employing the illegal workers. On 25 April, it went into liquidation on 25 April 2016 owing £223,547 to creditors.
Robert Clarke, chief investigator at 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."