Cumbria

Ex-restaurateur Mohammed Rahman told to pay back £40,000

An ex-Cumbrian restaurant owner has been ordered to pay back nearly £40,000 after employing illegal immigrants.

Mohammed Rahman was charged in 2010, after seven illegal immigrants were found living and working at two of his restaurants, in Keswick and Sedbergh.

At Carlisle Crown Court the 47-year-old, who admitted the charges, was told he has six months to pay back £39,270 profit, under proceeds of crime laws.

If he does not pay back the money, he will face a 15 month prison sentence.

Rahman pleaded guilty to seven charges of assisting unlawful immigration by providing living accommodation and employment, which facilitated a breach of the immigration laws.

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