Immigration adviser jailed for fraud offences
A Tower Hamlets immigration adviser has been jailed for three and a half years after he was found guilty of helping people enter the country illegally using fake identity documents.
Mujibur Rahman, 44, of Rounton Road, worked as a registered immigration adviser from his company Mimfa Travel Limited/London Immigration Services, based on Bethnal Green Road. He was arrested after the UK Border Agency’s Criminal and Financial Investigation team searched his home on November 9 2011.
Rahman was sentenced on Friday at Snaresbrook Crown Court, after pleading guilty on February 17 to 19 charges related to immigration fraud, including possession of false documents and articles in connection with fraud.
The officers who searched his home found false British Passports, blank Bangladeshi passports and a Bangladeshi High Commission stamp, along with almost £12,000 in cash and various other false documents.
Rahman’s business has been closed and his activity was reported to the Office of the Immigration Services Commisioner, which is responsible for ensuring immigration businesses are legitimate. Investigating officers are reviewing the cases Rahman was involved with.
Simon Prankard, from the UK Border Agency’s north and east London Criminal and Financial Investigation team, said: “Rahman thought he could get away with this scam but our investigation stopped him in his tracks.
”The UK Border Agency will not tolerate immigration abuse, and as an organisation we are cracking down on it all over the country. As the sentence handed out today shows, those who seek to cheat immigration laws face heavy penalties.”
Anyone holding information about suspicious immigration abuse is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.