Press release

Director of fast food takeaway banned for employing illegal workers

Mrs Seema Farhat Usmani, who ran The Mughal Takeaway Limited in Manchester, has been disqualified from acting as a director for 6 years for allowing the company to employ 3 illegal workers.

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This follows an investigation by the Insolvency Service, working with the Home Office.

On 25 February 2016, Mrs Usmani signed a disqualification undertaking which bans her from being a company director and from being involved in the management of a limited company in any way for a period of six years from 13 March 2016.

The business, a fast food outlet, went into liquidation on 2 April 2015 owing £44,854 to creditors.

The matters of unfitness which resulted in the undertaking were:-

Mrs Seema Farhat Usmani failed to ensure that Mughal Takeaway Limited complied with its statutory obligations under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 resulting in the employment of three illegal workers. Following a visit from Home Office Immigration Officers on 27 September 2014, during which this breach was discovered.

Commenting on the disqualification, Sue MacLeod, Chief Investigator for Insolvent Investigations Midlands and West at the Insolvency Service, said:

This director sought an unfair advantage over their competitors by employing individuals who did not have the right to work in the UK.

The Insolvency Service rigorously investigates directors who breach employment and immigration legislation and this ban should act as a warning to other employers who are flouting the law. Directors who also seek to obtain commercial advantage over their competitors show a total disregard for the business community generally.

Notes to editors

Mughal Takeaway Limited (CRO No -09084592) was incorporated on 12 June 2014.

Seema Usmani was appointed a director of the company on 12 June 2014 and was appointed up until liquidation.

Mrs Usmani’s date of birth is 13 August 1974 she is a resident of Manchester.

A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot:

  • act as a director of a company
  • take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership
  • be a receiver of a company’s property

In addition that person cannot act as an insolvency practitioner and there are many other restrictions that are placed on disqualified directors by other regulations.

Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.

Further information on director disqualifications and restrictions is available.

All public enquiries concerning the affairs of the company should be made to: Insolvent Investigations, Midlands & West, 4th Floor, Cannon House, 18 Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 6FD. Tel: 0121 698 4000. Email: Adminteam.Midlands&west@insolvency.gsi.gov.uk

The Insolvency Service administers the insolvency regime, investigating all compulsory liquidations and individual insolvencies (bankruptcies) through the Official Receiver to establish why they became insolvent. It may also use powers under the Companies Act 1985 to conduct confidential fact-finding investigations into the activities of live limited companies in the UK. In addition, the agency authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, deals with disqualification of directors in corporate failures, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.

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Published 11 March 2016