A MAN working illegally in Arbroath has been arrested following a large scale UK Border operation across Scotland.
In total four illegal workers from Pakistan were arrested and one escorted from the premises following the purge.
Acting on intelligence, officers from the UK Border Agency paid a series of unannounced visits to Nickel and Dime shops in Nairn, Keith, Dundee, Forfar and Arbroath yesterday (Thursday).
After the immigration status of staff was checked, five Pakistani men aged from 23 to 49-years-old were found working illegally at the shops.
The businesses were served with civil penalty notices for employing the illegal workers. If the employers are unable to provide evidence that legally required checks were carried out before giving the workers a job – such as asking for a passport or a Home Office document – a fine of up to £10,000 per illegal worker will be imposed.
Adam Scarcliffe, assistant director of the UK Border Agency in Scotland, said: “Foreign nationals who are in this country illegally should be in no doubt that they will be found, arrested and removed from the UK.
“Employing illegal workers undercuts honest businesses and defrauds the public purse. There is no excuse for using illegal labour, and if businesses ignore our immigration laws, they face heavy fines.”
Every year, the UK Border Agency imposes civil penalties on thousands of companies which have failed to carry out legally-required checks on their staff.
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/ or they can call the UK Border Agency’s Employers Helpline on 0300 123 4699.
Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business can report this on the UK Border Agency website http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime/ or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.