An illegal worker was arrested after immigration officials swooped on a Burnley takeaway.
The 33-year-old Pakistani man was detained by the Home Office’s Lancashire immigration enforcement team at Millennium Takeaway in Hebrew Road last Friday after he was found to have an expired visa.
The takeaway will be served a notice warning that it faces a civil penalty of up to £10,000. The penalty will be imposed unless bosses can prove that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
Assistant director Karen McDonough, from the Home Office’s Lancashire immigration enforcement team, said: “Illegal working has a negative impact on communities.
“It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
“We are happy to work with businesses to let them know what checks need to be made on staff, but those who break the law should know that they will face financial penalties. I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/ or they can call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.
Anyone with information on suspected immigration offenders can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.