A heartless fraudster who swindled almost £30,000 from immigrants desperate to live and work in the UK has been jailed for 12 months, the Daily Record reports.
Jack Plancey pocketed money from innocent people who trusted him to apply for visas to allow them to stay in this country.
One woman from Nepal lost a five-figure sum – and due to the average wage in her homeland, it would take more than 80 years to recoup.
Plancey, 68, returned to Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday after being convicted of five fraud charges.
The fat conman had claimed during his trial that he was ill and had not set out to defraud anyone.
Sheriff Martin Jones said it was “hardly surprising” a jury saw through his lies.
He added: “You made false promises and you induced people to pay significant sums of money.
“None of the participants were repaid. Some had scraped money from their family and friends.”
Plancey’s scam, which earned him £28,675, ran between May 2004 and June 2005 from his offices in the city’s Battlefield area.
He had once been registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner.
Plancey, of Giffnock, near Glasgow, took money from people knowing that he was not going to submit applications on their behalf.
He told Pakistani Ulfat Ijaz he would get her cousin a student visa to allow him to study here.
A total of £4000 was handed over – but no visa was ever delivered.
The court also heard how Plancey duped Nepal-born Jyoti Shreshna, telling her he would apply for British citizenship on her behalf and get work permits for relatives.
She was conned out of £11,000. The average yearly wage in her homeland is less than £130.
Anil Thomas – an Indian man who worked at the city’s Victoria Infirmary – went to Plancey to see if he could help his sister work in the UK.
Plancey was given £6000 but never returned with the proper paperwork.
Dale Hughes, defending, said: “He is now a broken man, but was once a successful businessman. He is under no illusion as to his probable fate.”
In 2005, Scotland’s Daily Record investigation revealed that fake immigration adviser Plancey was charging £7000 to get visas for people desperate to live in Britain.
He was raking in money by charging £200 an hour when investigators turned up at his office.
The Record’s investigator said her brother-in-law had come to the UK on a visitor’s visa which had expired and she wanted to keep him here.
Plancey said that he would need to return to his home country and get a dependent’s visa and he would prepare all the paperwork.
He also outlined a scam to get a new passport for her relative, who would have a black mark against him for overstaying his visitor’s visa.
Plancey said: “You are probably looking at between £2500 to £3000.
“He comes to us and we sort all the paperwork out including all the forms and everything that he needs.
“It’s usually about £1500 to £2000 up front – the balance when he comes back. We don’t take credit cards.” Source: Daily Record.
Well done to the Daily Record for exposing this scam. One wonders whether or not this would ever have got to the courts without a dogged news hound on the trail of the crook.
Immigration crime is currently handled by the OISC and the Police will automatically pass cases to their overworked investigators. While these investigations drag on for months the bogus adviser continues to steal money from more victims.
However, if you defraud a person for a non-immigration related matter you will be arrested and charged with fraud or obtaining money be deception.
Why can’t all immigration fraudsters be given the same swift justice?
Why are immigrant fraud victims treated separately from other fraud victims?
Crime is crime, whether it is directed at a vulnerable migrant or a vulnerable resident.
Last week a bogus immigration advisor was jailed for seven years, because his crime involved a large-scale plot to defraud the Home Office, as opposed to taking money from individual migrants.
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