All four members of staff at a Corby takeaway were arrested by UK Border Agency officers in a raid yesterday evening.
Acting on intelligence, officers from the Local Immigration Team for Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (East) visited Wokswagon in Charter Court shortly after 6pm.
Checks revealed that all four workers were in the UK illegally.
Three – a 38-year-old Malaysian man, a 35-year-old Indonesian woman and a 27-year-old Malaysian woman – had stayed in the UK after their visas expired. The other – a 35-year-old Chinese man – had remained in the UK illegally after his asylum claim was turned down.
They were all taken to Corby Police Station and will be transferred to immigration detention to await removal from the UK.
Wokswagon, which had to close for the evening, now faces a potential fine of up to £10,000 for each illegal worker - £40,000 in total - unless it provides evidence that the correct pre-employment checks were made – such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.
UK Border Agency Inspector Andy Dann said: “Having already lost a night’s trade, Wokswagon now faces the prospect of another financial hit in the shape of a potential fine for employing illegal workers.
“We are happy to work with employers to let them know what checks need to be made on migrant staff, but will take action against those who do not follow the rules.”