Victorian vegetable farm M&G Vizzarri fined $60k for using illegal workers

farm fined $60k for using illegal workers

Australia’s largest grower of asparagus and broccolini has been fined $60,000 for its role in engaging illegal workers. M&G Vizzarri Proprietary Limited, headed by Giuseppe Vizzarri, was convicted of breaching the Migration Act after pleading guilty to eight charges of allowing an unlawful non-citizen to work.

It faced one further charge of allowing a lawful non-citizen to work in breach of a work-related condition.

Last year the court jailed Sarith Kit for his involvement in the illegal worker scheme by hiring undocumented workers from Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand.


M&G Vizzarri Pty Ltd would have been fined $100,000 had it not pleaded guilty, the court heard.

In December 2016, Australian Border Force and Australian Federal Police officers found nine illegal workers at the Koo Wee Rup property, east of Melbourne.

In the County Court this morning, Judge Trevor Wraight said men were paid $15 an hour and women received $14.

Last year the court jailed Sarith Kit for his involvement in the illegal worker scheme by hiring undocumented workers from Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia and Thailand.

“The illegal workers considered Mr Kit to be the boss and Mr Vizzarri to be Mr Kit’s boss,” Judge Wraight said.

He said he would have fined the business $100,000 had it not pleaded guilty.

“It was not an early plea, but still has significant utilitarian value,” Judge Wright said.

He also considered the company’s good “prospects of rehabilitation” and subsequent lack of offending.

 

Foreigners discovered working illegally at a vegetable farm
Foreigners discovered working illegally at a vegetable farm south-east of Melbourne three years ago were not paid for their hours after Australian Border Force officers seized their pay packets, court documents show. Later, the farm was fined for using illegal workers

 


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