A Zimbabwean man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison by a UK court and ordered to pay £8,500 compensation after pleading guilty to two counts of providing illegal immigration services, New Zimbabwean reports.
The Birmingham Crown Court heard that Shacky Herbert Mukwakwami, 49, of West Bromwich provided immigration advice and related services without authorisation from the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).
Mukwakwami, who traded as Bridge-Gap Human Resources, continued to trade illegally, taking advantage of vulnerable people even after proceedings against him were started in November 2010.
When handing down the sentence, Recorder Abigail Nixon told Mukwakwami: “You’re a thoroughly dishonest con man trying to extort money from vulnerable people.”
The Immigration Services Commissioner, Suzanne McCarthy, added: “The victims in this case were in a desperate situation and Mukwakwami exploited them for his own financial gain.
“Illegally providing immigration advice is a serious matter and ruins lives.”
The prison sentence was suspended for two years but Mukwakwami must do 150 hours of community service and pay £8,575 in compensation and costs. Source: New Zimbabwe.
Earlier this year another crooked immigration advisor from West Drayton, who created bogus documents for foreign nationals wanting visas, was been jailed for six years.
Through his Uxbridge-based practice Immigration Experts UK Ltd, Harpreet Dhall, 34, drew up false employment histories for clients who were applying for visa extensions, to make it look like they were in highly-skilled or well-paid jobs.
There are also a large number of internet based scams offering jobs and UK work permits/Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS), which should be avoided.
Applicants are advised to treat these so called offers with extreme caution and, where appropriate to go through the proper channels or use approved agencies to gain employment abroad.
The golden rule is: NEVER send money to unknown persons for work permit processing or other fees.
International students hoping to get a work permit are also easy prey for unregistered bogus immigration advisers.
Students whose visas are about to expire are duped into paying thousands of pounds to crooks, usually from their own country, who promise them work permits, but fail to deliver.
Some were advised to submit FLR forms for a Tier 2 visa to the UK Border Agency, without even obtaining a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) from an employer, just before the visa expiry date knowing that it will be refused.
Clients are then forced to lodge an appeal against removal directions, which is not only expensive but extremely risky and dubious.
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