Companies in Wales caught employing illegal immigrants have been fined £2m in the last two years, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

Wales Online report:

Hundreds of businesses in Wales have been fined a total of more than £2m over the past two years for employing illegal immigrants.

Many of the 260 businesses across Wales issued civil penalties by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in 2011 and 2012 were Indian and Chinese restaurants and takeaways.

But household names such as Cafe Rouge and Domino’s Pizza were also fined, as well as outlets of convenience shop chains Lifestyle Express (nine stores), Nisa (five) Spar (four) and Costcutter (four).

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