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Assets could be seized from pair who employed illegal workers

Nice and Spicy, Lancaster
Nice and Spicy, Lancaster
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Two men who hired illegal workers to staff their chain of Indian takeaways are to learn their financial fate on Thursday.

Businessman Zubeir Mister , 41, and Christopher Donaldson, 30, were jailed after immigrants were found working at the Nice and Spicy fast food outlets on Leyland Road in Penwortham, as well as Morecambe, Lancaster, Kendal and Barrow.

The duo employed dozens of illegal workers as kitchen staff, but did not pay the minimum wage, holiday pay or national insurance for the workers, some of whom who would work up to seven days a week.

Mister, of Standen Park House, Lancaster, was previously jailed for 27 months and Donaldson, of Greenfinch Way, Heysham, for 22 months after admitting a string of immigration offences.

The men are subject to a five year Serious Crime Prevention Order.

Now both of them could have their assets seized as the authorities try to claw back their ill gotten gains under the Proceeds of Crime Act in a hearing at Preston Crown Court.

The case arose after immigration officers raided Nice and Spicy branches 11 times between January 2013 and March 2015 - with illegal workers found in the kitchens each time.

In total 18 illegal workers were found - with several of them discovered on more than one occasion, working at different branches.

The court previously heard the company hired the men to cope with the rapidly expanding business.

In 2012 there were branches in Lancaster and Morecambe but despite not having sufficient staff, new branches were opened in Barrow, Kendal and Preston.