£145,000 fine for employing illegal workers

Two brothers have been ordered to pay £145,000 in confiscation orders and fines after pleading guilty to employing illegal immigrants in Dorset.

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Brothers admitted employing illegal workers

Sahid and Mortuja Miah, both from Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to employing illegal immigrants and money laundering offences at Bournemouth Crown Court in September 2011.

Sahid Miah also pleaded guilty to human trafficking and hiding an illegal immigrant at one of their restaurants.

On 24th January 2014, the brothers were ordered to pay a total of £100,000 in a confiscation order, following a hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court. They must pay within six months or face an eighteen month prison sentence.

They were also fined £5,000 for each illegal employee – a total of £45,000.

These substantial orders and fines have come as a result of an effective joint operation between Dorset Police and the Home Office Immigration Enforcement and should serve as a strong deterrent to any person who currently employs – or intends to employ – illegal immigrants. These two men have profited greatly from employing illegal immigrants and these confiscation orders and fines highlight just how seriously such offences are taken."

– Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard, Dorset Police Economic Crime Unit

Since 2008, officers have carried out four operations targeting illegal workers at the two branches of the Taj Mahal in Westbourne and Poole. During these raids we found 17 people who had no right to work in the UK and we have imposed civil penalties of £45,000 on the employers over the illegal staff."

– Carla Johnson, Home Office Immigration Enforcement

Two brothers fined for employing people illegally

Two brothers who ran restaurants in Dorset have been ordered to pay £145,000 in confiscation orders and fines after pleading guilty to employing illegal immigrants at two curry houses.

Sahid Miah, 45, and Mortuja Miah, 42, ran two Indian restaurants – the Taj Mahal in Westbourne and Taj Mahal II in Poole town centre – and employed illegal immigrants at both addresses.

Warrants were executed at the two restaurants on occasions between 2008 and 2010 and, on average, over half of the staff present had not been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK.

The convictions came after a joint operation by Dorset Police and the Home Office Immigration Enforcement.

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