UK Border Agency officers have arrested 6 people during an investigation into suspected employment of illegal workers and fraud at a care company based in Sutton, Surrey.
The operation and raid at Carefirst 24 was carried out by UKBA criminal and financial investigation team and the Metropolitan Police.
Officers entered the company’s headquarters in Upper Mulgrave Road, Sutton, at around 10:30 on Tuesday 15 January where they arrested 4 people on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to assist foreign nationals.
The 4 included 2 British women aged 48 and 52, a 52-year-old British man and a 34-year-old Mauritian man.
Our officers also arrested a Filipino man and woman on suspicion of the same offences on Monday 14 January at a separate South London address.
All those arrested have been bailed until various dates in April.
Carefirst 24 provides contract care, private care and care facilities to elderly people across Sutton and Surrey.
If you or a relative are receiving care from Carefirst 24, please contact either Lynn Stephens at Surrey County Council on 07975 590302 or the Brokerage Team at the London Borough of Sutton on 020 8770 4554 urgently to seek advice so replacement care can be provided immediately.
Rachel Bennett, UK Border Agency said:
‘This was a successful operation. With the help of partners like the Metropolitan Police Service and Sutton Borough Council we are determined to do whatever is necessary to investigate alleged abuses of our immigration system.”
Sarah Rees, detective inspector, criminal invesigation department (CID) said:
‘This morning’s operation was a good example of the Met Police in Sutton and the UK Border Agency working closely together to protect elderly and vulnerable people and to keep them safe.
‘The operation went to plan and passed without incident thanks to co-operation of all those involved.’
Our South London criminal and financial investigation team is a specialist unit of police officers seconded from the Metropolitan Police working alongside our warranted officers to investigate organised immigration crime.
Anyone with information about immigration offenders can report crime on the UKBA website, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Immigration advisers have noted a sharp increase in calls from migrants and overstayers arrested and detained pending removal from the UK. The commission driven Capita has been busy and appear to be getting on with the job of finding 150,000 overstayers in a way that the UKBA could not manage, rather like private traffic wardens or clamping companies who issue more tickets that the old government wardens.
Leading adviser Cynthia Barker said that since Christmas she has been inundated with calls from people detained and issued with removal orders.
“The phone is ringing day and night with calls from overstayers in detention centres, such as Yarlswood, or their desperate friends and relatives.
“Some are in relationships with British citizens or EEA nationals and should have taken steps to regularise their stay in the UK before being picked up.”
People in Britain today can be detained indefinitely, pending deportation or appeals.
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