An Albanian car wash owner has been ordered to handover £60,000 of his criminal earnings after he was found guilty of employing illegal immigrants in the UK and laundering money, the UK Border Agency reports.
Defrim Paci, 32, who owns car washes in Loughborough, Chesterfield, Sutton in Ashfield and Barrow-in-Furness, was sentenced at Carlisle Crown court in May 2011, after he admitted illegally employing foreign nationals to work in his car wash businesses across the north of England. On 21 May, the court issued a confiscation order for £60,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The full amount is to be repaid within 4 months or Paci will face 18 months in jail.
The UKBA’s criminal financial investigation team had been investigating Paci’s businesses since May 2009 after he was found to have illegal immigrants working in his car washes. In total more than 6 illegal immigrants were found to be working illegally under Paci’s employment.
As part of the investigation an application was made under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover assets linked to the immigration crime. This means the government can confiscate assets from a convicted criminal.
Dave Magrath, head of North West, UK Border Agency criminal financial investigation team, said:
‘Today’s confiscation sends out a strong message to those thinking of exploiting people and disregarding the law to make a profit.
‘We have specialist teams of UK Border Agency officers and police working to investigate cases just like this, to ensure people are not able to benefit from breaking the UK’s immigration laws. We are determined to track down those involved and bring them to justice.
‘Mr Paci has earned a considerable amount of money through the exploitation of his staff and by avoiding taxes and National Insurance payments. He will now have to repay this amount of cash or face a default sentence of an additional 18 months in custody.’
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously. Source UK Border Agency.
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