Three men have been arrested following a Home Office raid on a Glenrothes restaurant.
Immigration officials swooped on the Jasmine Indian Restaurant at the Glenwood Centre last Saturday and took the trio all understood to be from Pakistan into custody.
A 34-year-old and 36-year-old had overstayed their visas, while another 34-year-old had entered the UK illegally, it was discovered.
When The Courier contacted the restaurant, a member of staff denied that any such raids had taken place.
However, the Home Office has confirmed that three men were detained and that steps are in place to remove the trio from the United Kingdom.
One eyewitness told The Courier that officers entered the premises early in the evening and questioned staff at the restaurant.
Having been detained, the three men were then removed from the scene in a marked van.
The Home Office has launched a major clampdown on illegal workers in Fife in recent months, with this raid in Glenrothes just the latest in a series to have taken place throughout the kingdom.
Five illegal workers were detained in March following similar action at the Royal Bengal Tandoori restaurant on Pittencrieff Street in Dunfermline.
The men who were all from Bangladesh and aged between 29 and 66 were arrested for immigration offences.
Meanwhile, last April saw two Kirkcaldy restaurants targeted, with four more illegal immigrants removed from the country.
The increase in high-profile raids has also been evident elsewhere in Courier Country, with the Home Office also taking action against workers in a number of eateries in Perthshire.
A series of restaurants there were targeted in November, with another operation seeing a further two men arrested last month.
In the past year more than 14,000 illegal immigrants found working in the United Kingdom have been arrested 38 a day and more than double the number of 2011.
Those businesses found to be employing illegal workers can be imposed with a civil penalty of up to £20,000 per illegal staff member, unless the Home Office can be satisfied that suitable pre-employment checks were carried out by the employer.