Illegal immigrant falsely claimed £50,000.

Posted: April 15, 2010 in Law & Disorder

An illegal immigrant falsely claimed almost £50,000 in bursaries to qualify as a nurse.

IlieThe Zimbabwean mother-of-two arrived in the UK in 2002 and was granted a six-month visa that prohibited her from working.
She then applied to Hull University and became a student there from September 2004 until January 2008 and graduated with a BSc in nursing.

Nomsa Muhlwa, 27, obtained an NHS bursary for the four years totalling £48,742 by using a forged Home Office letter stating she had indefinite leave to remain in the UK. She later worked for West Kent Primary Care Trust as a community staff nurse.

When arrested in February last year, she had in her possession a false Zimbabwean passport. A search of her home revealed documents confirming appeals against refusal of asylum had been rejected.

Muhlwa, of Hayes, Middlesex, admitted false accounting, using a false instrument and possessing a false identification document.

James Martin, defending, said Muhlwa was not someone who had entered the country illegally, although she used false documents to obtain a qualification and employment.

Judge David Griffith-Jones QC said the matter was so serious that nothing less than a prison sentence was justified, but he was prepared to suspend an eight month term for 18 months. She was also ordered carry out 200 hours unpaid work.

In 2007 Muhlwa’s boyfriend, Lucas Ramabi, was stabbed to death in Miss Muhlwa’s home in Selset Way, a quiet cul-de-sac in Kingswood, Hull.

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