Illegal workers found in Leeton 

A GROUP of illegal workers are being held in detention after being found at numerous workplaces around the state, including Leeton.
Nanjing Night Net

Five men and two women from Malaysia were located in Leeton last Thursday morning after raids were conducted around 4am by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Other illegal workers were also found as part of the compliance operations in Griffith and the Central Coast.

They have been found to be “unlawful non-citizens” and detained and transferred to Villawood Immigration Detention Centre in Sydney where arrangements are being made for their removal from Australia.

Federal assistant minister for immigration and border protection Michaelia Cash said the operations were conducted in response to community information supplied to the department.

“Investigations into the circumstances of the employment of the illegal workers are continuing,” she said.

“Employers should be aware it is a criminal offence to knowingly or recklessly allow a person to work illegally or to refer an illegal worker for work.”

The visa entitlement verification online service is available to employers to check the details of prospective employees, with their consent, to confirm if they are eligible to work in Australia.

Employers convicted under Commonwealth legislation for employing illegal workers face fines of up to $20,400 and two years imprisonment while companies face fines of up to $102,000 per illegal worker.

Anyone with information about illegal workers can call 1800 009 623.

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