In a bizarre story, according to several overseas press reports, an illegal immigrant who was caught arranging a sham marriage in Britain was able to leave jail early with £1,500 of taxpayers’ money, which he used to set up a business in Pakistan offering UK passports.
Convicted sham marriage fixer Ashar Ali Rathore, age 33, was apparently released from prison early with a pay-off, which he then used as capital to set up a business in his homeland selling passports.
The scam artist first found himself in jail after he tried to arrange fake marriages, involving Polish citizens and Asians, in order to gain UK residency. His plan backfired and he was jailed for conspiring to breach UK Immigration Laws.
Upon release he was given £1,500 for agreeing to leave the country and return home. This is part of a government scheme that is supposed to help rehabilitate foreign nationals.
In addition for receiving the cash just for going home, it is said that he only had to serve seven months of his two-year sentence. When he returned home, media reports show that he used the taxpayers’ money to set up Xpress Solutions, a company that provides UK passports and visas.
Whilst it may seem strange to most people that the government ‘pays’ foreign criminals to leave the country, the cost of deporting an illegal immigrant is far higher, especially when an appeal is lodged.
Convicted criminals, such as violent rapists, have successfully appealed against deportation decisions on ‘Article 8’ grounds, which cost the UK taxpayer many thousands of pounds in legal aid bills and court time.
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