Immigrant who earned £100,000 jailed for using fake passport
HARDWORKING immigrant Abimbola Olusanya has been jailed for a year and faces deportation after taking employment in the UK illegally.
Gloucester Crown Court heard the 40 year old failed to observe immigration restrictions between May 5 last year and June 4, while working for Crest Nicholson.
He also admitted using a fake UK passport to gain the job, along with being in possession of a passport and a driving licence with improper intention.
The Nigerian national had entered the UK in 2004 with a six month visa and got a passport in a fake name of Dayo Akinola that enabled him to get work.
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Prosecutor Anna Midgley told the court he had earned more than £100,000 for the work he had carried out while here.
Defending Sarah Jenkins said he was currently in contact with the Home Office over a permanent visa, having married a British citizen last year. The couple have a three-year-old together.
She said Olusanya, of Oak Drive in Dursley, was hard working and had supported his family while in the country.
The court heard Olusanya had admitted having the fake name in police interview and originally said he was trafficked into the country, but later retracted that.
Recorder Michael Selfe said: "Although we have heard about sums of £100,000, I don't sentence you in regard to that as you did the work.
"The criminality of this was getting the by means of a false document. Using a false document is of considerable importance to the security of the UK and breaches of those orders requires an immediate sentence to prison." The court previously heard that Olusanya, who was jailed for 12 months, had deprived a UK citizen off a job themselves.