An arrest warrant has been issued for an alleged bogus asylum seeker accused of conning his way into a job with the Serious Organised Crime Agency. Elidon Habilaj, 35, worked for the Metropolitan Police before transferring to an office job with SOCA, which deals with criminal networks including those based in the Balkans.
He is due to stand trial on three counts of obtaining leave to remain in the UK by deception, fraud, and possession of ID documents with improper intent, in January next year.
Habilaj, of Wanstead, East London, was bailed and fled abroad, possibly to his homeland, despite not having his passport. He has renounced his UK citizenship and applied for an Albanian passport.
Talking about illegals in security positions and suchlike
UKBA officers have arrested five people as part of an investigation into suspected illegal working at a security firm. Raids were carried out at addresses in south east London on Thursday 18th October, including Blue Feathers Guarding Ltd, based at Thames Innovation Centre, Veridion Way, Erith.
The operation was carried out in conjunction with the Security Industry Authority (SIA). Residential addresses in Floathaven Way, Thamesmead, and Sandpiper Close, Greenhithe, were also searched. The five detained included three Nigerian men aged 44, 49 and 52; and a Zimbabwean woman and man aged 32 and 34.
All were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to help, apart from the 52-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud and illegal immigration. Four of them were also arrested for SIA offences, as they were found engaging in licensable conduct without holding an SIA licence. The 4th person is suspected of employing unlicensed guards.
Guess what, they’ve all been bailed to return for various dates between 20th November and 4th December 2012. Will they won’t they turn up, you decide.
Talking about Africans
A family of African fraudsters stole at least £4m from taxpayers in a 20-year scam. Ruth Nabuguzi created fake identities for up to 100 children to milk the benefit system. She also claimed to suffer from HIV and require costly drugs which she sent them back to Uganda to be sold for shed loads of money. The court heard that supplying the drugs for so many years cost the taxpayer more than £2m.
A further £154,000 went on education for the ‘family’, with £37,500 for a single higher education course. Fraud relating to accommodation costs and sub-letting of flats cost £650,000, and the family’s many benefits totalled £900,000.
Dennis Kyeyune, 29, is thought to be Nabuguzi’s son or nephew. Police found a black holdall at his east London home hidden on a shed roof with a vast array of fake documents, described as a ‘kitbag for the commission of identity fraud’.
Other members of the gang include Jordan Sebutemba, 26, thought to be Nabuguzi’s daughter or niece;
Albert Kaidi, a former partner of Sebutemba who is believed to be from Rwanda; and Lamulah Sekiziyuvu, 36, a former partner of both Keyuyne and Kaidi.
Kyeyune, Sebutemba, Kaidi and Sekiziyuvu were found guilty of various fraud offences yesterday.
They will be sentenced along with Nabuguzi and Betty Tibakawa, 21, Lina Katongola, 29, Mathy Matumba, 50, and Eddie Carlos Semcenda, 30, next week.