Visa fraud raid

Woman ar­rested in po­lice op­er­a­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

A HAYES woman has been ar­rested as part of a na­tional visa fraud op­er­a­tion.

The 51-year old, whose name has not been made public, was ar­rested at an ad­dress in North Hyde Road along with nine other peo­ple across Lon­don, Manch­ester and Don­caster.

The ar­rests were made as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into sus­pected abuse of the stu­dent visa route.

The sus­pected fraud op­er­a­tion used bo­gus col­leges to al­low the en­try of non-EU na­tion­als to the UK us­ing the Tier 4 stu­dent visa route.

Of­fi­cers from Immigration En­force­ment UXBRIDGE: Jew­eller Gold­smiths will close for a re­fit. The store, at The Chimes, also known as intu Uxbridge, will shut Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions, sup­ported by the Na­tional Crime Agency (NCA), car­ried out dawn raids at a num­ber of ad­dresses on Wed­nes­day July 22.

Five men and two women, which in­cluded the woman from Hayes and also a 42-year-old man ar­rested at an ad­dress in Lowry Lodge in Har­row, were amongst those ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­acy to fa­cil­i­tate a breach of immigration law and money laun­der­ing.

Of­fi­cers also seized a sig­nif­i­cant amount of cash dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

They are ex­am­in­ing whether there has been abuse of the Con­fir­ma­tion of Ac­cep­tance to Study (CAS) process.

Bo­gus col­leges linked to from Au­gust 2 to 20 to in­cor­po­rate a TAG Heuer area and a fash­ion area.

Gold­smiths brand di­rec­tor Craig Bolton the in­ves­ti­ga­tion have all al­ready had their spon­sor li­censes re­voked fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Home Of­fice.

Dave Ma­grath, from Home Of­fice Immigration En­force­ment Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions, said: “We are de­ter­mined to crack down on all forms of immigration crime.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions will con­tinue with the ev­i­dence we have seized.”

The seven ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of con­spir­acy to fa­cil­i­tate a breach of immigration law and money laun­der­ing have been de­tained and are wait­ing to be in­ter­viewed by in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 or www. crimestop­pers-uk.org said: “The in­vest­ment in the re­fit re­flects Gold­smiths’ com­mit­ment to the store team and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

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