A crooked immigration advisor from West Drayton who created bogus documents for foreign nationals wanting visas has 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.
In some cases, he arranged for regular payments to be made into their bank accounts, to make it look like they had regular salaries. It is thought that he charged around £5,000 for his services and had assisted around 70 clients.
It is estimated that Dhall, an Indian national living in Wordsworth Way, made around £400,000 through his criminal enterprise. His illegal dealings caught up with him following an investigation by the UK Border Agency’s West London Immigration Crime Team.
He had admitted to a charge of assisting unlawful immigration, and was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court last Tuesday (29).
Police will now look to seize the money made through the unlawful operation, and he will be deported to India on his release.
Four of Dhall’s clients were also locked up after pleading guilty to obtaining leave to remain in the UK by deception. Amongst them was 27 year-old Gurjeet Singh, of Monmouth Road, Hayes, who was given a six month jail term. Two men from Southall and one man from Isleworth were given between seven and 10 months.
Detective Inspector Robert Coxhead said after the hearing: “Dhall was involved in a very sophisticated criminal enterprise. His practice was involved in systematic fraud, fabricating whole histories for his clients to help them stay in the country.
“As this case shows, illegal immigration can be big business. I hope this sends out a message that we are committed to tackling the criminal groups behind it, putting the ringleaders before the courts, and, ultimately, behind bars.” Source: Uxbridge Gazzette.
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