Firms Fined for Illegal Workers

Posted: 7th June 2011

A blitz by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has led to fifteen South West businesses being fined more than £100,000 when 28 illegal workers were found.
The fines followed 114 raids in Devon and Cornwall made by UKBA in 2010, which uncovered more than 100 offenders. Fines totalling more than £750,000 were levied.
259 illegal workers were deported from Devon and Cornwall in 2010.
The scale of the fines being levied following prosecutions initiated by UKBA should sound a strong warning note for employers who may be tempted to ignore immigration laws when offering employment.
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