A WIDNES business has been fined £10,000 over illegal working.

Albert Local Convenience Store has featured on a list of civil penalties issued by the UK Government’s Immigration Enforcement.

The firm’s address on the document is given as Albert Road, with the liable party listed as Saman Mohammed.

The Government says the list is published ‘as a warning to other businesses not to employ illegal workers’.

The website states: “You can be sent to jail for five years and have to pay an unlimited fine if you are found guilty of employing someone who you knew or had ‘reasonable cause to believe’ did not have the right to work in the UK.

“This includes, for example, if you had any reason to believe that they did not have leave (permission) to enter or remain in the UK or their leave had expired.

“It also includes if they were not allowed to do certain types of work or their papers were incorrect or false.

“You can also be penalised if you employ someone who does not have the right to work and you did not do the correct checks, or you did not do them properly.

“If this happens, you might get a ‘referral notice’ to let you know your case is being considered, and that you might have to pay a fine of up to £60,000 for each illegal worker.

“You will be sent a ‘civil penalty notice’ if you are found liable, and you will have 28 days to respond.

“Your business’s details may be published by Immigration Enforcement as a warning to other businesses not to employ illegal workers.”