AN illegal worker was discovered in a raid at a Sunderland restaurant.
Café Blue Cobra faces a £10,000 fine after the UK Border Agency enforcement action
Acting on intelligence reports, officers from the agency carried out checks on staff at the Green Terrace eaterie.
They arrested two Bangladeshi men aged 40 and 44.
Neither had the right to be in the UK and steps will now be taken to remove them.
Café Blue Cobra was issued with a single civil penalty notice of up to £10,000 for the 44-year-old illegal worker.
The enforcement action on Saturday was part of an ongoing nationwide crackdown tackling immigration crime.
It included a raid on the Maharaj’s Lounge in Bridge Street, Blyth.
Two Bangladeshi men, aged 28 and 32, were arrested and face deportation.
Anoher Bangladeshi man, 24, was dismissed from employment as he did not have the right to work in the UK.
He will now report to the agency.
Wallace Wilson, manager of the UK Border Agency Northumbria Local Immigration Team, said: “We will continue to clamp down on employers who choose to use illegal labour.”
Both restaurants now have 30 days to show that they carried out proper checks on workers, or face a financial penalty.