Home detention for third person in migrant worker rort

4:13 pm on 28 October 2016

A third person has admitted involvement in a scheme to exploit migrant workers.

Rupinder Singh Chahil was sentenced today to six months' home detention and ordered to pay $2500 in reparation after admitting providing false and misleading information to an immigration officer.

Chahil offered an Indian national employment as an assistant manager at Mission Bay's Masala restaurant, with an employment agreement stating she would be paid $15 an hour.

Instead the worker was employed as a waitress and cleaner, working 66 hours a week for $3 an hour.

An investigation had found the worker and three other migrants were significantly underpaid and also forced to understate the hours they were working.

Two other people pleaded guilty to the same offences within the Masala chain last year.

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