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Restaurant chain in $8m police deal

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/02/2017

The former chain of Indian restaurants, Masala, will sell $8 million worth of property to cover their debt to the Crown from tax evasion, money-laundering and immigration offences.

In the High Court at Auckland on Tuesday, Justice Rebecca Edwards approved a civil settlement with police where Masala will sell the properties in Auckland, Northland and Waikato, which police successfully restrained in December.

In total, $34m worth of property was seized following an investigation into tax evasion, subsequent money-laundering and immigration-related offending.

"We are delighted with the outcome and the message it sends to the wider community," Detective Sergeant Chris Allan said on Wednesday.

Immigration NZ and the Labour Department also welcomed the decision.

Those who breaches employment standards or exploits their workers can expect to face the combined and full effort of law enforcement, Labour Inspectorate general manager, George Mason, said.

"We will use every means at our disposal to ensure people do not profit from the exploitation of others."

In 2015, some of those involved in the Masala chain were found guilty of widespread and systemic tax evasion and immigration-related offending,

Immigrant workers were often paid only $3 an hour, and Masala bosses were also found guilty of underpaying and exploiting them.

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