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06 October 2009 :: 14:10:53 pm 27007

UK New Crime Agency, Ukba, Tackles Immigrant Crime

In a crackdown on crime by foreign immigrants in the UK, almost 2,600 drug smugglers, people traffickers and fraudsters have been prosecuted in a joint initiative by Britain?s newly created law enforcement agency, United Kingdom Border Agency, government agencies and police teams since April 2008.
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In addition 5,400 foreign national prisoners were deported and over 67,000 people were removed or voluntarily departed.

UKBA Immigration Crime Teams, numbering 300 police officers countrywide, have been concentrating on the identification and disruption of organized immigration crime, including human trafficking, fraud and forgery and have so far managed to seize over US$ one million in assets.

When people come to live in the UK they enter into a deal: to work hard and play by the rules to earn their right to stay. Those who choose to commit crimes break that deal and must be removed,” Border and Immigration Minister Phil Woolas asserted in a report.

The UKBA Immigration Crime Teams, in collaboration with the Police, the Serious Organized Crime Agency and the UK Human Trafficking Agency, is creating a hostile environment for organized criminals who prey on vulnerable immigrants and taking action against law breakers by using joint strategies and tactics, including hubs for shared intelligence gathering, surveillance techniques and forensic support.

 

At a recent conference in Birmingham, attended by officers and representatives from the above agencies, one of the topics under discussion was the largest visa scam ever perpetrated in the UK, whereby thousands of students managed to enter Britain with fake documents. This scam was thwarted by Operation Oxbridge.

In a related case, a senior university employee and his ex-wife supposedly created fake university degree certificates to sell to foreign nationals for between US$1000 ?2000, with the wife trawling the local community to find likely customers.

Apparently, the man was also a sadomasochist, who took part-payment in sexual favors from women applicants. In addition, false letters of introduction were provided to facilitate the granting of student visas, to enable the individuals concerned to enter the country by deception. The couple has been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud.
By working together we (the joint UK Border Agency and Police partnerships) have been able to co-ordinate our efforts to weed out those who cause the most harm in our communities,” Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Grahame Maxwell Police stated.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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