Thornton Heath man jailed for letting illegal immigrants use his identity
A man who allowed two illegal immigrants to use his identity to get jobs and stay in Britain has been jailed for nearly four years.
Nigerian national Uzezi Samuels Elor, of Ecclesbourne Road, Thornton Heath, was granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK in 1992.
The 50-year-old's status meant he was free to live and work here, but investigators from the UK Border Agency discovered he allowed his identity and his passport to be used by two other men.
The men, who were both Nigerian, were in the UK illegally and used Elor's identity to make it look like they had the right to work in the UK.
Money earned by the pair was paid into Elor's bank account, he then claimed this income as his own when he applied for a mortgage.
On April 23, Elor pleaded guilty to two counts of facilitating a breach of immigration law and one count of fraud by false representation.
He was jailed for three years and nine months. Both of his co-conspirators were subsequently jailed for ID offences, one has already been removed from the UK.
Proceedings have begun to try and confiscate any money Elor may have made from the scam.
Tanzila Sattar from the UK Border Agency's south London Immigration Crime Team, said: "Elor knowingly let his identity be used by two other people to help them get work and stay in the UK when they had no right to.
"He attempted to undermine the UK's immigration laws and we will now look to revoke his right to live in the UK and deport him once he has served his sentence."