A 52-year-old Chinese woman has been detained by the Home Office after being discovered ‘working illegally’ at a takeaway in Stewartstown.
Immigration officers visited China Man takeaway on Hillhead Road in the town on Saturday, November 7.
The woman, who was discovered on the premises has been detained while steps are taken to remove her from the country, say officials.
Following the discovery, the business was served with a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal worker will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
Mike Golden, from the Scotland & Northern Ireland Home Office Immigration Enforcement Team, said: “As these operations show, we are working hard to arrest and remove those who abuse the UK’s immigration system.
“Using illegal labour is not a victimless crime. It cheats the taxpayer, undercuts businesses who ply an honest trade and deprives legitimate job seekers of employment opportunities.
“There are simple checks employers can carry out to ensure their employees have the right to work in the UK. Those who choose to ignore the rules will face the consequences.
“I would urge anyone with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse to contact us.”
Information to help employers prevent illegal working can be found at www.gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties and anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.