Ha Tinh police fined 303 illegal Chinese workers employed by two companies in the Vung Ang Economic Zone more than VND4.5 billion (US$211,500) in total, Tien Phong newspaper reported.
According to the Ha Tinh Immigration Agency, the provincial police have conducted several inspections in Ky Anh District since August 20, 2014.
Inspections conducted at six companies operating in the Vung Ang Economic Zone found 296 illegal Chinese employees at MCC19 Company and seven others at Anh Bao Company.
“The two companies did not register their foreign workers as required,” a police source said.
“These companies paid fines [for the workers],” he said, adding that each worker was fined VND15 million, the lowest permissible fine for the violation -- which tops out at VND25 million.
According to the Ha Tinh Immigration Agency, the two companies began registering workers at the agency to continue working in Vietnam.
The agency said it fined numerous illegal foreign workers during previous inspections, but its most recent sweep uncovered a record number of violators.