A Dundee restaurant could face a £20,000 fine after a raid by immigration officers found a suspected illegal worker.
Immigration enforcement officials raided the Jahangir Tandoori in Session Street.
A 42-year-old man was escorted from the premises and will now have his case investigated.
The Indian restaurant was thereafter served with a notice that it could face a £20,000 fine unless evidence is provided showing the correct right-of-work documents for the worker.
But owner Munwar Ali says the man was not employed by him.
A Home Office spokesman said: “Acting on intelligence, immigration enforcement officers visited Jahangir Tandoori, Session Street.
“A 42-year-old man from Bangladesh who has an outstanding immigration application which does not entitle him to work, was escorted from the premises.
“He must now report regularly to immigration enforcement while his case is progressed.
“The business was served with a notice warning that a financial penalty of up to £20,000 may be imposed on the employer unless evidence is provided that appropriate right-to-work document checks were carried out, such as seeing a passport or Home Office document.”
An immigration enforcement van was seen driving along Riverside Drive at about 4.30pm on the day of the raid.
Mr Ali told the Tele: “What happened was the guy was upstairs visiting a friend.
“I do not know this guy at all and he is not employed by me. I was down in London on business at the time.
“I was told that immigration enforcement came at about 5pm and they found him.
“He is not an employee of mine and I will be fighting the case, it is as simple as that.”
In January, the Home Office issued a warning to businesses throughout Dundee following a raid on the Lifestyle Express newsagent in the Hilltown.
Also this year, former restaurant boss Habibur Chowdhury, who ran Ashiana restaurant in the West End, was placed on an electronic tagging order after he admitted exploiting an immigrant worker.