Sentence passed on unlicensed gangmaster

A man who illegally supplied workers to vegetable growers in eastern Scotland and paid them wages below the legal minimum has been ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid community work.

Rimantas Sulcas of Brechin had pleaded guilty to acting as a gangmaster without a licence at an earlier hearing. His offences took place over a period of more than two years starting in 2010, when he began supplying workers to an Aberdeenshire potato grower where he then worked, before expanding to supplying other farms in the area.

Sulcas, originally from Lithuania, had no Gangmasters Licensing Authority licence and made no attempt to register as an employer with HMRC or make tax and National Insurance contributions on behalf of his workers, who were paid in cash. Sulcas had not been prepared to be interviewed in relation to the offence.


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