….is there no light at the end of the tunnel, just imagine how many could be caught if more immigration officers were employed.
Six illegal workers have been arrested following operations by officers at two restaurants in Wokingham.
Officers carried out simultaneous visits to Baranda and Boishakhi, both on Peach Street on Thursday 12th September. They arrested two Bangladeshi men at Baranda. One, aged 36, had entered the country illegally while the other, aged 46, had overstayed his visa.
At Boishakhi, officers arrested four men. A 23-year-old Nepalese man and Bangladeshi men, aged 33 and 36, had overstayed their visas, while a 32-year-old Bangladeshi man was working in breach of his visa conditions.
All six men were transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the country at the earliest opportunity.
Two illegal workers have been arrested following operations by immigration officers at restaurants in Pembroke and Haverfordwest.
Officers carried out a visit to Golden Park Chinese takeaway on The Green, Pembroke, on Friday 13th September. A 29-year-old Chinese man was arrested on suspicion of entering the country illegally. He has been released on immigration bail giving him the opportunity to ‘scapa flow’ (go) and find illegal employment somewhere else, well there does seem to be a lot of vacancies for illegal workers these days.
Later on Friday at the Cinnamon Spice Indian restaurant and takeaway, on St Peter’s Road, Johnston, Haverfordwest they arrested a 36-year-old Bangladeshi man who was in the country illegally and living in accommodation above the premises.
Two men have been arrested after Immigration officers visited a Chinese takeaway in Newcastle, Co Down, to check the immigration status of the staff.
The intelligence-led operation was carried out on 12th September at the Wok Box on Main Street. The checks revealed that a 53-year-old Chinese man and a Filipino man, 24, had overstayed their visas. They have been detained pending their removal from the UK.
In Epsom and Esher officers visited Blue Mint Indian restaurant and takeaway on Waterloo Road, Epsom, and La Orient on High Street, Esher, on Friday 13th September. Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
At Blue Mint, which was visited at 12:00, three men were arrested. A Bangladeshi man, aged 33, and 29-year-old Indian man were both found to have overstayed their visas while a 28-year-old Bangladeshi man had entered the country illegally.
Officers then moved on to La Orient at about 14:15 where they arrested three Chinese nationals. A man, aged 22, and 23-year-old woman had both overstayed their visas while a 32-year-old woman had entered the country illegally. A further man, aged 45, who had entered the country illegally was found to be working in breach of his immigration bail conditions. He was told to leave the premises, not even a slap on the wrist.
All those arrested were transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the country apart from the Indian national who was placed on immigration bail while his case is progressed. He will probably be another illegal breaching his bail conditions once he finds another job.
Three Bangladeshi men arrested after a restaurant in Hythe was raided by Home Office immigration officials.
Following a tip-off, the officers visited the Raj Bari Indian restaurant, in Seabrook Road, 13th September, and quizzed staff to ensure they had the correct visas to work in the UK. They arrested three Bangladeshi men. One, aged 29, was working in breach of his visa conditions; a 30-year-old had overstayed his visa while the other, aged 35, had entered the country illegally.
Phew that was shed loads of illegal workers caught, now for something different.
A Stanmore man, convicted of running an immigration scam with his wife, has been ordered to repay proceeds of crime totalling nearly £800,000.
Indian national Vijay Sorthia, aged 36, is currently serving a 10 year prison sentence having been found guilty of fraud offences in April 2012.
Sorthia, who was an accredited immigration advisor, used the firm Migration Gurus based on High Street, Wealdstone, as a front to help people to stay in the UK illegally.
Officers from the Home Office’s West London criminal and financial investigation team found £333,000 in cash hidden at Sorthia’s home address in Langland Crescent, Stanmore, after arresting him there in May 2010.
Most of it was hidden in a holdall at the back of a cupboard, but other bundles of notes were also discovered with client names and numbers on. The cash was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA).
Vijay’s wife Bhawna Sorthia, aged 32, who claimed to be employed as a cleaner by Migration Gurus, was arrested 1 month later and sentenced to 15 months alongside her husband at Isleworth Crown Court in May 2012.
The confiscation procedure was led by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). On Monday 9th September Isleworth Crown Court granted a Confiscation Order for £799,000. The £333,000 cash seized from Sorthia’s home will go towards that, but if the outstanding amount is not paid within the next 6 months Vijay Sorthia will serve an additional 3½ years in prison on top of his current 10 year prison term. During the initial investigation it was found that an additional £467,000 had been sent to India. Any further monies the Sorthias come into can be taken from them until the criminal benefit figure of between £800,000 to £900,000 is reached.