A factory in Beckton is facing a fine of up to £110,000 for employing illegal workers following an operation by our enforcement team.
Acting on intelligence, our officers visited Europrint Finishers, Hornet Way, on 22 January. Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
Our officers arrested 11 Indian nationals. Eight men aged between 29 and 37, and a 32-year-old woman, were all found to have overstayed their visas. Two men, aged 30 and 39, were working in breach of their visa conditions.
Five of those arrested were transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the country, while the remainder were placed on immigration bail. They too will face removal if found to have no right to remain in the UK.
The business was issued a notice warning that a fine of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker arrested will be provided unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out. This is a potential total of up to £110,000.
Sue Blackwood, Home Office, said:
'This was a large operation which resulted in a number of arrests. It is a stark warning to businesses which either deliberately employ people with no right to work or fail to carry out the legally required checks on their staff. We will catch up with you and you should expect to face heavy financial penalties.
'Illegal working has a negative impact on communities. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities.
'I would urge members of the public with information about suspected immigration abuse to get in touch.'
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit the preventing illegal working page on our website or call the Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit the Crimestoppers website.
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