AN ILLEGAL worker was found hiding behind a fridge in an Isle of Wight restaurant during a raid by immigration officials yesterday (Tuesday).
The 35-year-old Bangladeshi man was found hiding as a team from the Home Office Immigration Enforcement Team raided Yarmouth Spice in Quay Street, acting on information the restaurant was employing staff with no right to work in the UK.
The man was arrested after his visa was found to have expired and the restaurant now faces a £20,000 fine unless it can prove correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
The worker has been transferred to immigration detention, awaiting deportation, a Home Office spokesman said.
Carla Johnson, head of the South Central Home Office Immigration Enforcement team, said: "Illegal working cheats the taxpayer and undercuts honest employers and we treat all allegations extremely seriously. It is the employer’s responsibility to check their staff have permission to work in the UK and we are happy to work with those who play by the rules.
"Those who choose not to carry out these checks can expect enforcement visits and financial penalties."
Several other businesses were visited on the Island, however no arrests were made.