Duo face financial probe over immigration offences at takeaways across Preston and north Lancashire

Two men who were jailed for employing dozens of illegal workers at a chain of takeaways could see their ill-gotten gains seized.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 20th April 2018, 3:09 pm
Updated Friday, 20th April 2018, 3:11 pm
Nice and Spicy, Lancaster
Nice and Spicy, Lancaster

Zubeir Mister, 41, and Christopher Donaldson, 30, hired the men to work as kitchen staff in the Nice and Spicy fast food outlets in Morecambe, Lancaster, Preston, Kendal and Barrow.

But the curry shops did not pay the minimum wage, holiday pay or national insurance for the workers, who would work up to seven days a week.

Mister, of Standen Park House, Lancaster, was previously jailed for 27 months and Donaldson, of Greenfinch Way, Heysham, for 22 months after admitting breaching immigration laws.Both are subject to a five-year Serious Crime Prevention Order.

Crown Court

Now the pair are facing proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Judge Beverley Lunt, sitting at Preston Crown Court, ruled a hearing for the pair would take place on July 19.

The case arose after immigration officers raided Nice and Spicy branches 11 times between January 2013 and March 2015 - with illegal workers found in the kitchens each time. In total 18 illegal workers were found - with several discovered on more than one occasion at different branches.

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 provides for the confiscation or recovery of the proceeds of crime.

Crown Court