A RESTAURANT director has been disqualified for seven years after exploiting illegal workers at her Indian takeaway.

Immigration Enforcement officers issued a £30,000 penalty to Rokeya Monir following the discovery of three illegal workers at Nawab Lounge in Thatcham.

The 49-year-old was ordered to pay the fine before the end of March 2015 but the company went into liquidation in August 2015 and the penalty remained unpaid.

She has been disqualified from acting as a director for a period of seven years.

David Brooks a chief investigator with the Insolvency Service said: "We rigorously pursue directors who fail to pay penalties imposed by the government for breaking employment and immigration laws.

"We have worked closely in this case with our colleagues at the Home Office to achieve this disqualification.

"The director sought to gain an unfair advantage over her competitors by employing individuals who did not have the right to work in the UK in breach of her duty as a director.

"The public has a right to expect that those who break the law will face the consequences.

"If you fail to comply with your obligations, the Insolvency Service will investigate and you run the risk of being removed from the business environment."