By Neil Hudson FORMER Calderdale councillor Chaudhary Mohammed Saghir has been jailed for a year after pleading guilty to 15 counts of illegally providing immigration services.
He was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court Court and received five separate four month sentences, three of which are to run concurrently.
The charges were brought after an extensive investigation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).
By law, anyone providing immigration advice or services must be regulated by the OISC, unless they are a member of a designated professional body.
Immigration Services Commissioner, Suzanne McCarthy, said: "The law is there to protect people from unscrupulous and incompetent immigration advisers and it is our responsibility to enforce the law.
"What makes this case even worse is that Mr Saghir was well aware that he needed to be regulated by the OISC. Instead he chose to operate outside the law and without regard for the protection of his clients.
"I hope it sends a clear message to others considering offering immigration advice - act within the law or you will find yourself in court and possibly prison."