A man arrested and jailed for immigration offences back in 2004 was found working in the same restaurant this year, a court heard.
Christopher Smith, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court how Mohammed Basharat Chaudhry first entered the country and claimed asylum in November 1997 using the name Chaudhry Basharat Hussain from a Pakistani passport.
His application was eventually refused but by then he had absconded.
In May 2004 he was found to be working at the Chicago Pizza and Balti in Town Street, Horsforth, Leeds, having sought leave to remain in the UK using the name of Abdul Malik from a different passport and driving licence.
That name had been taken from a child who had died. He was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court to 18 months in prison, released in 2005 “and again slipped out of immigration control”.
In June this year he was found to be working at the same restaurant using the name Mohammed Basharat Chaudray, which he said was his real name. Inquiries revealed he had been granted a work permit in Pakistan in that name without disclosing his previous immigration history. Tax records suggested he had been working at the restaurant since 2008. When arrested in June he said: “I know what is happening, I know what to do – I have been arrested from here before.”
Choudhry, 40, of Heath Terrace, Bradford, was jailed for a total of two years after he admitted three offences of obtaining leave to enter or remain in the UK by deception.
The Recorder of Leeds Judge Peter Collier QC said they were serious offences. Chaudhry, despite not being allowed to remain here, had “shamelessly used many possible ruses to do exactly that, stay here.”