Fake invoice con ends in jail term

Altaf Patel was found guilty of three counts of assisting unlawful immigration
Altaf Patel was found guilty of three counts of assisting unlawful immigration
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A man who fraudulently provided false information in an attempt to help three foreign nationals settle in the UK has been jailed.

Following a two week long trial, Altaf Patel was found guilty of three counts of assisting unlawful immigration.

Yesterday he was sentenced to four years jail at Manchester Crown Court.

Patel, 37, had acted as the legal representative for three Indian applicants and provided fake papers providing evidence of employment and false invoices in a bid to help them apply for a right to remain in the UK.

He had set himself up as a Director of Blackpool College, Church Street, Blackpool, and then invoiced each of the individuals for work they had carried out from their respective fake businesses.

All of the three people, who are Indian nationals, assisted by Patel could not provide any evidence of the supposed work carried out by their companies or explain the invoices they had submitted for work carried out to support their applications.

Chirag Patel, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obtain leave by deception while Priyanka Ranga, 28, and Gaurav Pandya, 30, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to seek leave to remain by deception.

They each received a four-month sentence suspended for one year.

Home Office investigator Nick Wood said: “We are determined to crack down on immigration offenders and those involved in criminal activity.

“Assisting others to use false documentation to remain in the UK is a serious offence and anyone who does so can expect to be brought to justice.”