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Fernando Salcedo, a Filipino gang leader based in the north east of England jailed for 30 months for using security firms as a front for money laundering and employing illegal workers without the correct visas, Balita Pinoy reports.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that the criminal enterprise run by Fernando Salcedo and his wife Liza Salcedo, with assistance from Fernando’s first wife Lesley Field-Salcedo and Jason Dorward, employed illegal staff, mainly from India and the Philippines between April 2006 and October 2011.

The crime ring was smashed following an investigation by the Home Office, with Fernando Salcedo sentenced to 30 months imprisonment on Friday 24 May.

The employees were either in the UK illegally or on student visas working in excess of the hours allowed. Work was carried out for third parties, mostly in the construction industry, despite the fact that many of the employees did not hold the required Security Industry Authority (SIA) licences.

Fernando Salcedo created several security companies despite never holding an SIA Licence himself. These included Guardia Security UK Ltd, Salceguard Security UK Ltd, Salce UK Ltd, Salce Ltd and Salce (NE) Ltd. He ran these companies despite being banned by a Court order in 2010 from promoting, forming or managing a limited company for 12 years.

Other gang members acted as secretaries or shareholders. Liza Salcedo and Lesley Field-Salcedo had never held SIA licences allowing them to be security guards or to employ people as security guards.

The four were arrested in September 2011 by specialist Home Office investigators.

Paul Foggin, from the Home Office’s Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigations team, said:

“This was a blatant attempt to circumvent immigration laws for financial gain. This sentence shows that abuse of our immigration system will not be tolerated.

“This was a lengthy and complex investigation but demonstrates the capability we have to delve into these crimes and bring to justice those responsible for them. Source: Balita Pinoy.net

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