College pair 'helped fake English exam results for foreign students', court hears

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College pair 'helped fake English exam results for foreign students', court hears

Post  ALLAKAKA on Tue May 30, 2017 10:27 pm

A college principal helped fake English language exam results so that hundreds of foreign students could fraudulently apply for visa extensions, a court has heard.
Wahida Sultana and Hemant Kumar, the director of an immigration advisory centre, were allegedly involved in a plot to supply overseas nationals with bogus certificates to extend their stay in the UK for further education.
A gang forged academic records needed for visa extensions and rigged language tests required by the Home Office, Southwark Crown Court was told.
Invigilators overseeing exams at an east London college simply read out answers, or the gang arranged for someone else to sit the tests instead of the students.
The scam saw some of those desperate to extend their visas charged almost £4,000 for the bogus paperwork, a plot prosecutor Martyn Bowyer described as a "large-scale fraud upon the UK immigration system".

The scam saw some of those desperate to extend their visas charged almost £4,000 for the bogus paperwork, a plot prosecutor Martyn Bowyer described as a "large-scale fraud upon the UK immigration system".
The conspiracy was uncovered after an investigation by the BBC's Panorama programme in which journalists posed as students wanting to make use of the services on offer, secretly filming the fraudsters at work in early 2013.
Jurors were told that four people admitted charges over the conspiracy during a trial last year.
Another had already pleaded guilty, while four others fled the country before they could be brought before the courts.
Opening the prosecution, Mr Bowyer said the pair - Sultana, 39, as the principal and chief operating officer of Eden College International in Mile End, and Kumar, 40, as director of immigration service Studentway Educational in Southall - may claim they were "too far removed" from the daily operation of their organisations to know what was going on.
But he said: "The prosecution case is very simple - abuses on this scale simply could not have occurred without both their knowledge and their connivance."
Mr Bowyer told the jury: "That there was a conspiracy of the sort that the prosecution alleges to facilitate the commission of breaches of immigration law is beyond doubt.

"The issue you will be asked to resolve is whether the prosecution has made you sure Mr Kumar and Mrs Sultana were part of that conspiracy."

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Post  Major on Wed May 31, 2017 9:04 am

Ya know what comments I will make.
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