A cleaner in the private offices of Topshop boss Sir Philip Green was arrested during a UK Border Agency raid targeting illegal immigrants, the Daily Mirror reports today.
The worker, who tidies Sir Philip’s executive suite, was among three alleged illegal immigrants seized at Arcadia’s HQ on Thursday.
A Bolivian man and a Ghanaian woman’s visas had allegedly expired and an Ecuadorian man was held for illegal entry to the UK.
The two men remain, who were not working directly for Sir Philip, in UK Border Agency detention pending their removal while the woman was bailed.
The Border Agency said: “Where we find people who are in the UK illegally we will seek to remove them.”
Arcadia said it is investigating the London raid, which was aimed at staff from cleaning firm ISS. Source: Daily Mirror.
In August 2010, Green was asked by the recently elected Prime Minister, David Cameron, to carry out a review of government spending and procurement Green’s summary report, Efficiency Review by Sir Philip Green, published in October 2010, identified significant failings in government procurement processes leading to excess expenditure and recommended consolidation of procurement.
Green is based during the week at a London hotel, spending the weekends with his South African wife and tax exiled owner of Arcadia Tina Green and their children Chloe and Brandon in an apartment in Monaco.
Taveta Investments, the company used to acquire Arcadia in 2002, is in the name of Green’s wife, Tina Green, a Monaco resident, avoiding £285 million in tax that would be payable if a UK resident owned the company.
When Green paid his family £1.2bn in 2005, it was paid for by a loan taken out by Arcadia, cutting Arcadia’s corporation tax as interest charges on the loan were offset against profits.
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