A DATE has been set for the sentence of the owners of a chain of Chinese restaurants who employed illegal immigrants more than two years after they were found guilty.
Cousins Martin and Kevin Lai will return to Exeter Crown Court two days before Christmas for a complex sentencing and confiscation hearing.
They were found guilty of employing illegal workers at their Devon takeaways in a series of four raids by immigrations officials, including one filmed by a BBC crew.
They were warned they could face heavy fines and confiscation of assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act after a jury at Exeter Crown Court convicted them of four of the 11 charges in December 2011.
The case follows the most high profile investigation by the Plymouth-based unit of the Border Agency which in itself took six years to bring to court.
The pair have been waiting to be sentenced since December 2011 pending a complicated financial investigation.
Martin Lai, who runs restaurants in Exmouth and Exeter, is a leading member of the Chinese community in Britain and chairman of the Devon and Cornwall Chinese Association.
He is also one of Britain's best known powerboat racers whose Ocean Dragon team competes in races all over the world and he appears regularly on satellite sports coverage.