Bishopbriggs buffet boss stripped of fortune after employing illegal immigrants

Glasgow Sheriff Court
Glasgow Sheriff Court

A restaurant boss from Bishopbriggs bit off more than she could chew when she employed illegal workers and raked in more than £1million.

Kwai Fun Li was found to have assisted unlawful immigration in her Chinese restaurants between December 2009 and May 2010, by illegally employing six workers at her two Kings Lodge Buffet outlets in Glasgow and Bishopbriggs.

Li – who allowed staff members to stay in the UK by providing them with employment, accommodation and food – was last week stripped of £722,956.88 at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

On June 1, 2011, she admitted two contraventions of Section 25(1) of the Immigration Act 1971, and was subsequently fined £6,000.

Confiscation proceedings duly kicked off and after hearing evidence the court has found that the accused benefited from her general criminal conduct to the sum of £1,064,094.

Assets totalling £722,956.88 were identified, including over £100,000 in a safety deposit box and at her home address (in the currencies of Sterling, Hong Kong dollars and Singapore dollars), and jewellery and watches valued at over £30,000.

Li held over £300,000 in bank accounts, as well as interest in four properties.

Li claimed that much of the jewellery and over £300,000 was her mother’s. The sheriff determined that Li was neither credible nor reliable and the full order was made.

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