The Home Office says it has fined the Capri Pizza House in Market Rasen for employing an illegal Egyptian worker.
The penalty was imposed following a raid by Immigration Enforcement Officers at the take-away’s King Street premises on August 14.
“A 35-year-old Egyptian man who had overstayed his visa was found working illegally at the business and was arrested. He has since been granted temporary release while his case is progressed, and will have to report regularly to the Home Office during this time. Capri Pizza House was served with a financial penalty for employing the illegal worker,” said a spokesman.
The Home Office declined to say how large the fine was, but last week the manager of Capri, Ibrahim Domaa, told the Rasen Mail he faced a fine of £10,000, which could finish off the business. He blamed the situation on the worker not supplying the necessary documentation to say he was legal, while he worked two years at the take-away, receiving £4 an hour cash-in-hand.
The Home Office says the penalty for employing illegal workers was doubled in May to as much as £20,000 per worker.
“Illegal working is not victimless. It defrauds the taxpayer, undercuts honest employers and cheats legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities. We would urge members of the public with detailed and specific information about suspected immigration abuse to contact us,” the spokesman added.
Earlier this month, West Lindsey District Council revoked the take-away’s premises licence, preventing sales at the takeaway after 11pm.