A geezer who masterminded an immigration scam which helped people to stay in the UK illegally and dabbled in illegal marriages has been jailed.
Indian national Jayesh Patel, aged 35, of Talbot Road in Wembley was found guilty of conspiring to defraud, alongside a second man, Mehulkumar Makwana, aged 30, of New Road in Ilford on Thursday 29th March following a trial at Harrow Crown Court. Patel was guilty of 19 counts, while Makwana was found guilty on 6 counts.
On Monday 2nd April a judge at the same court sentenced Patel to 7 years. Makwana’s sentencing has been adjourned.
Patel, an accredited immigration advisor, was arrested by officers from the West London criminal and financial investigation team on 12th September 2011 at his home in Wembley.
His living room had been converted into an office for his immigration advice business Yana UK Ltd. Makwana was arrested the same day at his home in Ilford.
Investigations revealed that Patel had dozens of clients on his books, almost all of whom had applied to the Home Office for Tier 1 visas claiming to be highly skilled migrants.
The pair were using ‘cover’ companies to provide their clients with payslips and wage payments to make it look like they were earning much more than they actually were. A number of them appeared to be employed by Makwana’s consultancy firm.
This info would then be used to aid immigration applications to the Home Office, which were put together by Patel.
Seven of their ‘clients’ who benefitted from this scam have also been convicted.
There’s more, Patel was also involved in illegal marriage business too
Sky News uncovered an illegal marriage operation run by Jayesh Patel, an OISC registered Immigration Advisor. Mr Patel of Yana Immigration UK Limited was secretly filmed arranging a bogus marriage by supplying a Slovakian groom to a female undercover reporter posing as an Indian student whose visa was about to expire. FULL STORY