Published Tuesday, 16 October 2012
The UK Border Agency officials carried out checks on Monday evening. (© UKBA)
Immigration status checks were carried out on staff by UK Border Agency officers at the New Century takeaway on Belmont Road on Monday evening.
A 39-year-old woman and three men, aged between 20 and 37, were discovered to be working illegally.
The woman and one of the men were found to have over-stayed their visas while the other two men were both working without permission.
All four people were living in accommodation above the business.
They have now been placed in detention in Larne House while steps are taken to deport them from Northern Ireland.
A fine of up to £40,000 could be issued to the restaurant - £10,000 per illegal staff member.
The business has been issued with a civil penalty notice for employing the illegal workers.
The restaurant owners need to provide evidence that legally required checks were carried out before giving them a job - such as asking for a passport or a Home Office document - in order to avoid being fined.
Janet Wiseman, of the UK Border Agency, said: "Foreign nationals who are in this country illegally should be in no doubt that they will be found, arrested and removed from the UK.
"Companies that think they can undercut competitors by employing illegal workers should be warned that they will face heavy fines and possible prosecution.
"We are sending a simple, clear message to people who are in the country illegally - more raids are planned and you will be caught."