Two men have been jailed for a total of 10 years for running an immigration scam worth up to half a million pounds.
Yousaf Amin and Sajad Khan fleeced hundreds of unsuspecting immigrants by providing fake English language courses which claimed to offer genuine qualifications required by the Home Office when applying for British citizenship.
The fraudsters, both from Bradford, also set up an illegal immigration advice service despite Amin previously being jailed and banned for life after a previous fake work permit scam.
Sentencing the two at Bradford Crown Court yesterday, Recorder Sandiford said Amin, who orchestrated the scam, had “ruthlessly” exploited the hopes of vulnerable immigrants.
He sentenced Amin, 34, to six years in prison for fraud, with a 12 month sentence for illegally providing immigration advice to run concurrently.
Khan, 34, was jailed for four years. Both men were also given 12 month sentences, to run concurrently, for fraudulently obtaining two luxury cars, an Audi Q7 and a VW Touareg. The cars, obtained through loans backed by false documents, have both since disappeared.
The swindle began just five days after Amin had left prison in early 2007 for the previous immigration scam.
Amin enlisted the help of Khan to act as a front for the fraudulent enterprises.
An immigration advice company called Temple and Khan was set up in Bradford in Khan’s name to get round Amin’s lifetime ban from the regulator, the Office for Immigration Services Commissioner.
The business, which was completely illegal, netted in excess of £100,000 through pocketing fees for a full range of immigration advice services.
Amin and Khan also set up a fraudulent company called Training Direct to provide English language courses, largely run at a training centre in Torre Road, Burmantofts Leeds. Between November 2007 and March 2008, the business stacked up in excess of £300,000 from hundreds of immigrants duped into paying £350 for a worthless qualification.
The business began to unravel when course certificates, falsely claimed to be accredited by City and Guilds, proved useless for British citizenship applications.
Recorder Sandiford said Amin was “a thoroughly dishonest, greedy and, indeed, ruthless individual who is quite prepared to exploit people to make profit”.