Ipswich: Couple who breached immigration laws must pay back �1million - by Thursday

A COUPLE who were jailed for employing illegal workers at their Chinese restaurant have got until June 21 to pay off a �1million court order.

Phing Woon Pun and his wife Kim Tai Wong, who ran the Temptation Chinese Buffet in Carr Street, Ipswich, and the Lucky Star Takeaway in Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, were ordered to pay a total confiscation order of �1m by a judge last year after they were found guilty of conspiring to breach UK immigration laws and converting criminal property.

Pun, 50, of Penn Close, Capel St Mary, was jailed for six years and was given a �683,370 confiscation order. His wife was jailed for 30 months and ordered to pay back �322,000.

A hearing at Ipswich Crown Court last month was told that Pun had repaid �181,212 and his wife �82,633.

Judge Peter Thompson adjourned the case as couple were in the process of selling their Carr Street premises and arrangements had been made to sell property in Malaysia.

Pun was also convicted of conspiring to sell goods which infringed trademark and copyright and obtaining a �198,000 money transfer by deception.

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