A restaurant boss has been disqualified from being a director after allowing his now defunct company from employing two illegal immigrants.
Abdul Shahid, owner of Bosham Spice, which traded as Memories of India in Bosham in West Sussex, gave an undertaking to the Insolvency Service not to manage or control a limited company for six years.
An investigation by the Insolvency Service found that Mr Shahid failed to ensure that the company complied with its statutory obligations under immigration law. Specifically relevant immigration checks were not completed and copy documents were not retained, which resulted in the employment of two illegal workers.
The illegal workers were discovered during a Home Office immigration officer visit. Following this discovery the company was issued with a £20,000 penalty notice, which remained outstanding at the date of liquidation.
Robert Clarke, group leader, Insolvent Investigations North, said: “The Insolvency Service rigorously pursues directors who break employment and immigration laws. Taking on staff illegally means those staff do not enjoy basic employment rights and is a clear breach of a director’s duties.
“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 obligations as well as protections, and this should serve as a warning to other directors tempted to take on illegal staff.”