A Glengormley fast food business is facing possible financial penalties of up to £20,000 for employing illegal workers.
Home Office immigration enforcement officers visited Ming’s Happiness Chinese take-away on Carnmoney Road at around 6pm on Thursday, February 13.
A 45-year-old Chinese man, who had entered the country illegally, was arrested and a 45-year-old Chinese man who was in the country legally but had no permission to work was escorted from the premises.
According to the Home Office, the business will be served notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
Assistant Director Mike Golden, from the Home Office’s Northern Ireland Immigration Enforcement Team, said: “We are working hard to track down people breaking the UK’s immigration laws and carry out regular operations across Northern Ireland.
“Illegal working is not a victimless crime. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
“Information from the public can be a huge help in our work and I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.”
He urged anyone with information about suspected immigration offenders to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers should log on to www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/ or call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.