Immigration Adviser Jailed After Sky Probe

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Immigration Adviser Jailed After Sky Probe

Post by Guest on Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:29 pm

12:47pm UK, Wednesday April 04, 2012

Roddy Mansfield, Sky News investigations
A Home Office-licensed immigration adviser exposed by Sky News for arranging a sham marriage has been sentenced to seven years in prison for another immigration fraud.

Jayesh Patel, 35, was first arrested in May 2010 after he was secretly filmed offering to supply a groom to a Sky undercover reporter for £12,500.

Information found on Patel's computer suggested he was also helping migrants obtain visas by inflating their real earnings with bogus salaries and he was re-arrested in September 2011.

The Home Office highly skilled migrant scheme was designed to attract talented workers such as doctors or engineers who could contribute most to the UK economy.

The system awarded points for the ability to speak clear English and proof of high earnings. The greater the candidate's salary, the more points they scored.



Patel at the time of his first arrest

But low-skilled, poorly paid migrants intent on defrauding the system turned to Patel to help them trick the Home Office into issuing visas.

A stream of migrants from the Indian subcontinent whose UK visas were about to expire arrived at Patel's immigration consultancy, Yana Enterprises Ltd in Wembley.

Using this business as a front, Patel operated 'cover' companies which recycled thousands of pounds of fake salaries through his clients' bank accounts.

Police discovered dozens of migrants on his books were seemingly employed by a consultancy firm run by a second man, 30-year-old Mehulkumar Makwana, from Ilford.

But Makwana and Patel were working together. Makwana generated fake pay slips which were used in visa applications officially prepared by Patel, then sent to the Home Office.

The inflated earnings suggested the applicants were skilled professionals which helped them score the 75 points needed to obtain visas allowing them to remain in the UK.

Senior investigating officer Robert Coxhead, from the UK Border Agency's West London Immigration Crime Team, said: "Patel ran a sophisticated and intricate scam designed to help people who would otherwise have no right to be here in the UK.



The Sky News investigation focused on a sham marriage

"He attempted to undermine the UK's immigration laws and belongs behind bars. He will also face deportation after he has served his sentence."

Following a trial at Harrow Crown Court, Patel was found guilty of 19 counts of conspiring to defraud while Makwana was found guilty on six counts.

Makwana will be sentenced at a later date.

Seven other foreign nationals who benefited from the scam by obtaining UK visas were also convicted.

In October 2010, the UK Border Agency revealed a third of migrants in the UK on highly skilled visas were actually in unskilled employment and the route was closed in April 2011.

Patel's sentence suggests the courts are taking a tough line on immigration fraud.

Anyone from outside the European Economic Area who serves at least 12 months in prison automatically becomes eligible for deportation.

Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings to confiscate profits Patel and Makwana made from the scam have now begun.

The UK Border Agency's West London Criminal And Financial Investigation Team is a specialist unit of police officers seconded from the Metropolitan Police.

Working alongside warranted UK Border Agency officers, they investigate organised immigration crime.

Anyone who has information about immigration crime should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be assured.

:: Follow Roddy on Twitter @roddymansfield

:: Have you seen something that needs investigating? Email investigations@skynews.com


Seems to be quite a lot of this going on. Sky seems to be doing the Authorities work for them! Shocked


http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16202482

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Re: Immigration Adviser Jailed After Sky Probe

Post by Guest on Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:56 pm

Well done Sky. Shame the proper authorities aren't doing their job properly. Then again it wouldn't surprise me if the proper authorities aren't employing the very people they should be arresting.

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Re: Immigration Adviser Jailed After Sky Probe

Post by Guest on Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:18 pm

sprite wrote:Well done Sky. Shame the proper authorities aren't doing their job properly. Then again it wouldn't surprise me if the proper authorities aren't employing the very people they should be arresting.

Very very likely!! Twisted Evil

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