A NAIL bar in Chichester is facing a penalty of up to £30,000 for employing illegal workers following an operation by Home Office immigration enforcement.
Acting on intelligence, officers visited 5 Star Nails, in Old Market Avenue, shortly after 3pm on Wednesday (January 29). Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
Officers arrested three Vietnamese nationals. A woman, 18, and man, 21, had entered the country illegally while a 26-year-old man had overstayed his visa.
The older man has been detained pending removal from the country. The remaining two were placed on immigration bail and will also face removal once travel documentation has been secured.
The business was served a notice warning that a civil penalty of up to £10,000 per illegal worker arrested will be imposed unless proof is provided that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out. This is a potential total of up to £30,000.
Richard Lederle, from the Kent and Sussex Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: “Businesses in Sussex which follow the rules have nothing to fear, but those who either deliberately employ people with no right to work or fail to carry out the legally required checks on their staff 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.”
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Employers unsure of the steps they need to take to avoid employing illegal workers can visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/business-sponsors/preventing-illegal-working/.