Immigration officers swooped on three separate businesses in Stonehaven last Thursday in an operation which saw eight men arrested.
Acting on intelligence, officers visited Tandoori Haven, Zara Brasserie and Nu Spice Indian Carryout, all on Allardice Street. Individuals were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
According to the Home Office, officers arrested five men aged between 20 and 41 at Tandoori Haven. Two, aged 22 and 40, had overstayed their visas, a 20-year-old was working in breach of his visa conditions, a 40-year-old was a failed asylum seeker and a 41-year-old had entered the country illegally. The restaurant had to close following the visit.
At Zara, two men aged 41 and 43 were arrested for overstaying their visas.
Finally, officers visited Nu Spice where they arrested a 39-year-old man who had overstayed his visa.
The 20-year-old arrested at Tandoori Haven was detained pending his removal from the country. The others have been placed on immigration bail while their cases are progressed and will also face removal from the country if found to have no leave to remain.
The businesses will be served notices warning that fines of up to £10,000 per illegal worker will be imposed unless they can prove that the correct right-to-work checks were carried out.
This is a potential total of £50,000 for Tandoori Haven, £20,000 for Zara and £10,000 for Nu Spice.