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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Illegal immigrant who bought fake passport jailed by Carlisle court

An illegal immigrant has been jailed and will be deported after buying a fake passport to get work and a mortgage.

Ador Miah, of Denton Street, Carlisle, had been in the UK for 12 years after fleeing from Bangladesh, fearing for his “personal safety”.

He applied for asylum and leave to remain in the UK, but was denied, Carlisle Crown Court heard.

The 39-year-old, appeared before a judge yesterday to be sentenced for five immigration and fraud offences.

Miah worked illegally in Carlisle, Newcastle and Manchester, prosecutor Gerard Rogerson said.

This carried on for five years until Miah bought a fake passport and used it to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK. This was granted in October 2005 and the defendant then applied for, and received, a national insurance number.

Between 2007 and 2011, Miah worked for Masala Spice House, an Indian Takeaway in Denton Road, Carlisle, using the national insurance number registered to the name in the false passport. And in September 2007 he used the fake documents to get a mortgage

The deception was only discovered when he applied for naturalisation in 2010, eventually leading to his arrest in December 2011.

Mr Rogerson said: “When arrested, the defendant initially denied knowing who the man in the passport was. But ultimately he accepted that he had used somebody else’s passport and that he had adopted that person’s identity and produced the passport to obtain the mortgage, national insurance number and obtain indefinite leave to remain in the UK.”

Miah had previously admitted seeking or obtaining leave to remain in the UK by deceptive means

David Ryan, defending, said his client admitted to overstaying in the UK, but told the court that until 2005, Miah had never been in trouble, never claimed state benefits and had worked almost every day.

He added: “He was approached in 2005 by an agent who promised to get him a passport but the passport would have to be in a different name to his real name. [My client] paid a total of £6,000 for this false passport.”

The fake passport had not been bought to try and enter the UK, instead it had been obtained in order to “properly work, obtain a salary, obtain a bank account and subsequently to obtain a mortgage”.

Since 2005 Miah has worked and paid national insurance.

Recorder Harry Narayan gave Miah credit for his early guilty plea and sentenced him to nine months each for the first three counts, to be served concurrently. He was also sentenced to nine months each for the two fraud matters, to be served concurrently to each other but consecutively to the first three counts.

This was a total sentence of 18 months, but the 106 days – nearly four months – Miah has spent in custody on remand will be taken into account. As the sentence is over 18 months, the Bangladeshi national will also be deported.

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