Home Office worker ‘was lynchpin of plot to let illegal migrants stay’

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Home Office worker ‘was lynchpin of plot to let illegal migrants stay’

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Home Office worker ‘was lynchpin of plot to let illegal migrants stay’: Employee is accused of falsifying records that could have seen hundreds benefit

  • Shamsu Iqbal, 61, allegedly used his position in the Home Office to falsify papers
  • Investigators identified potential 437 cases of faking documents over five years  
  • Home Office worker helped by Usman, 45, Hussain, 49, and Ali, 47, a court heard
  • Group changed records to give new identities to people who were in UK illegally

A gang including a Home Office worker masterminded a conspiracy to allow illegal immigrants to stay in the country, a court has heard.

Shamsu Iqbal was allegedly the lynchpin of the group that used his ‘trusted’ Home Office position to falsify documents – with investigators identifying 437 potential cases over five years.

The 61-year-old changed the records of migrants who had permission to stay in the UK, giving their identities to people who were in Britain illegally, jurors heard.

 

Arriving at court: Shamsu Iqbal (left) and his co-accused, lawyer Mohammed Hussain. Iqbal was allegedly the lynchpin of the group that used his ‘trusted’ Home Office position to falsify documents – with investigators identifying 437 potential cases over five years

Iqbal’s co-accused – lawyers Sheikh Muhammad Usman, 45, Mohammad Khawar Aftab Hussain, 49, and Mohammad Ibrahim Ali, 47 – would then allegedly contact the Home Office to ‘straighten out’ the status of ‘impostors’ who had taken on another identity.

Alexandra Felix, prosecuting, told Croydon Crown Court: ‘The result would be the impostor would end up with documents in their own names which enable them to be in…Read More

Lakeem Khodra
Lakeem Khodra
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