A Nigerian national, who rented his identity to two illegal immigrants so they could get jobs and stay in Britain, has been jailed for 4 years, following an investigation by the UK Border Agency.
Uzezi Samuels Elor, 50, of Ecclesbourne Road in Thornton Heath was granted settlement – Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), in the UK in 1992, and as such was allowed to live and work here.
The agency did not confirm whether or not he had applied for UK Naturalisation or British Citizenship.
UK Border Agency Investigators discovered that he allowed his identity, and his passport, to be used by two other men, both Nigerians in the UK illegally, to make it look like they had the right to work in the UK.
But he was not helping the two for nothing. Money earned by them was paid into Elor’s bank accounts. He then claimed this income as his own when he applied for a mortgage.
Both of his co-conspirators were then jailed for ID offences, one has already been removed from the UK.
On Monday 23 April at Croydon crown court Elor pleaded guilty to 2 counts of facilitating a breach of immigration law, and 1 count of fraud by false representation. He was jailed for 3 years and 9 months.
Anyone from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who is sentenced to 12 months or more in prison is automatically eligible for deportation on completion of their sentence.
However, if the person is a British Citizen, as opposed to a permanent resident, it is less likely that he will be deported.
Foreign criminals have also evaded deportation on human rights grounds.
Crime Act proceedings, designed to confiscate any money Elor may have made from the scam, have now begun.
Anyone who has information about immigration crime should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or can complete the Report immigration crime form. Source: UK Border Agency