The head of an immigration scam gang which almost made UK Home Office allow married partners to come into the country illegally has now been placed under the Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO).
Last summer, 10 swindlers under the leadership of 57-year-old Denaught Sharma were given about 30 years jail term. As the mastermind, he made fake documents such as p60s and wage slips to help people secure entry or stay in the UK. Sharma was therefore sentenced for seven years and seven months.
While appearing in court this week, Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke gave Sharma a five-year Social Crime Prevention Order (SCPO).
Social Crime Prevention Order (SCPO)
SCPO is an order, by a civil court, that allows the country to prevent, restrict or disrupt further involvement in serious crimes by convicted criminals once they are through serving their jail term.
Several conditions are imposed on criminals who are subjects of SCPO, ranging from who they are allowed to associate with, restriction on travels to the necessity to report financial affairs to the police.
Sharma’s SCPO will be effective immediately he steps out of prison.
Prosecutor Carl Harrison, while speaking at Sharma’s sentencing last August, said the fake documents he made were to enable sponsors to get their spouses who did not meet the financial requirement of earning the minimum of £18,600 into the UK. Court hearing said it was a sophisticated operation with some documents costing up to £4,500.
With the fake documents, he opened bank accounts that the sponsors are to pay into to create an impression of monthly income that meets the financial requirement for coming into the UK.
Assistant director at Immigration Enforcement CFI, Nick Jupp, said the country will not hesitate to bring anyone with this kind of criminality to book.
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