TWO men working at a Rhuddlan restaurant were “over-stayers” in the UK who had used false papers to get a job, a court heard.
Sumon Miah, 27, and Iqbal Talukder, 35, were arrested at The Village Masala on September 28 by police and border agency officials looking for illegal immigrants.
Both admitted using false residence permits and were jailed for ten months when they appeared at Mold Crown Court.
Judge Niclas Parry said: “There is a crisis in this country – a crisis of not knowing who is living here. There is very great public concern about that and the courts are looked to by the public to sort it out.”
The judge said he took into account that both defendants entered the country legally and they had both pleaded guilty at a very early stage.
Gareth Preston, prosecuting, told how on September 28 police and immigration officials attended at The Village Masala to search the property for illegal immigrants.
Talukder claimed he was a British citizen but checks revealed he had been removed from the UK in November 2010, a claim disputed by the defence.
Following his arrest a passport in his name was recovered and inside it was a right to residence permit valid from November 2011.
Checks carried out with the Home Office established the permit had not been issued to him.
Miah was arrested and he had a passport which contained a residence permit which was issued to someone else.
In interview, Talukder claimed that his name was Chowdhury and later said he used the false name because he did not wish to return to Bangladesh.
His true identity was established by the live-scan fingerprint system.
Miah told how he had received his false documents from a friend in London when his visa ran out.
He said he was ignorant of the procedures and did not realise at the time they were false.
In July 2011 he had been offered the opportunity to extend his visa and he had paid £2,000 for it.
He had been told that it had been arranged by a solicitor.
It was only later when he applied for a job in Sheffield that he was told they were not genuine.
Anna Pope, defending, said Talukder had been identified as an over-stayer but he did not accept that he was removed from the country in 2010.
He entered the UK legally in 2009 on a four year student visa, he had paid £3,000 in fees but the establishment shut down.
The defendant accepted that he had worked illegally.
He was a hard working young man who worked all the hours he could in order to study again.
The defendant was a fluent English speaker who was anxious to study and create a better life for himself.
Miah also entered the country legally, had been in the UK legally for two years, had worked hard and had been in no trouble.