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Muslim College Staff Arrested for Immigration Scam

LED away in cuffs, this woman is accused of helping run a bogus college so illegal immigrants could settle on Tyneside.

Task force detectives today smashed the suspected sham college allegedly being used to illegally bring foreign nationals into the region.

Officers from the UK Border Agency’s Immigration Crime Team arrested four senior staff from Castle College in Park Road, Felling, Gateshead, following a series of dawn raids across Tyneside.

Investigators believe the directors were using the college as a front to allow foreign nationals to dodge immigration laws.

The directors are also alleged to have used college funds to bring friends and family into the North East as “overseas students”, but they did not attend lectures.

The Border Agency has now suspended the college’s licence to enrol overseas pupils and more than 80 students will also be investigated.

Detectives are today working to establish whether any students or staff have links with criminal gangs.

Det Insp Paul Foggin, who headed up the investigation, said those arrested are being quizzed on suspicion of using the college to facilitate immigration offences.

A number of students have also been arrested after they were found to have breached the terms of their visas. They are expected to be removed from the country.

Det Insp Foggin said: “The raids that took place this morning are the result of a long and complex investigation.

“Those arrested are now in police custody and will be questioned today.”

The staff arrested were a 33-year-old Bangladeshi man, two men from Pakistan, aged 37 and 41, and a Pakistani woman aged 37.

March 1, 2011 - Posted by | Illegal Immigrants, Immigration, Muslim, Students, UK Border Agency | , ,

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