Boss is banned after illegal workers found

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A restaurant boss who employed three illegal workers has been disqualified as a director for six years.

Zafar Mahmood, 39, was the sole director of USA Chicken Hut Ltd in Station Road, Bamber Bridge, which was visited by Home Office Immigration Enforcement inspectors in 2012.

Three illegal workers were discovered, and Mr Mahmood was given a fine.

The amount has not been disclosed to the Evening Post, but employers can be fined up to £20,000 for each illegal worker.

Mr Mahmood’s fine was not paid, and the Insolvency Service have now subsequently banned him as a director for six years, starting from July 25.

The punishment means that he can have no involvement in the running of any kind of business, including giving advice, for a period of six years, or he faces a prison sentence.

Business minister Jo Swinson said: “People who employ illegal workers are not only breaking the law, they are also damaging their local economy.

“From stopping people from getting honest jobs to undermining businesses in their communities, the costs are huge.”

A Home Office spokesperson added: “Illegal working is not victimless. It undercuts honest employers, cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities and defrauds the taxpayer.

“Businesses should be aware that they have a duty to check that their staff have permission to work in the UK.

“We are happy to work with employers who play by the rules but those who do not should know that they will not go under our radar.”

The takeaway is still open for trading, but nobody was available to speak to when contacted by the Evening Post regarding ownership.

Up to 1,200 directors are disqualified by the Insolvency Service every year.