Seven members of an organised immigration fraud gang have been jailed for more than 19 years on 2 August at Manchester crown court.
Bangladeshi born Ataur Talukdar (also known as Ataur Rahman), 49 organised a gang of friends and relatives to illegally assist foreign nationals to remain in the UK.
Talukdar, was sentenced to 8 years after the jury found him guilty of fraud and assisting unlawful immigration.
The gang, which had criminal assets in excess of £700,000 passing through bank accounts, was caught following UKBA investigation into their illegal activity in Hyde which took place between January 2006 and 2011.
Seven other members of the gang have already been sentenced before the trial, after pleading guilty to charges of fraud and assisting unlawful immigration and received prison sentences totalling 8 years.
Nick Wood, North West CFI (immigration) team, said:
‘These sentences send a clear message that we will not tolerate abuse of our immigration system.
‘We are determined to crack down on immigration offenders and those involved in criminal activity.
‘This was a complex investigation but our teams have the resource and expertise to ensure those involved are put before the courts.
‘Today we have achieved what we set out to do – bringing those responsible to justice.’
John Dilworth, Head of the CPS North West complex casework unit said:
‘These defendants were involved in a sophisticated and well organised criminal enterprise which provided individuals with the necessary documents to enable them to reside in the UK and access all the benefits that a British citizen is entitled to.
‘Thanks to the close partnership between the CPS, Home Office Immigration and Greater Manchester Police, we have been able to piece together the different strands of evidence in this complex investigation and present a strong case to the jury.
‘As a result, we have successfully brought these defendants to justice for their actions. Immigration offences have a detrimental economic impact on the country and today’s outcome sends out a clear message that anyone who flouts UK immigration law in this way can expect to be prosecuted robustly.’