A woman who posed as a fake Birmingham Airport immigration worker and defrauded a couple out of almost £8,500 has been jailed.
Zabun Nissa, 69, “targeted” the pair seeking help with their immigration status after finding themselves in a “difficult position” during their quest to obtain British citizenship.
The fraudster, of Herrick Road, Saltley, claimed to work at the city airport’s immigration department and used this false position to gain their trust.
This fabricated story led to her charging them £8,450 for immigration work that was never carried out.
Nissa – who the victims referred to as ‘auntie’ – also falsely claimed she could help get them employment within the airport’s immigration department and obtain visas for other family members to come to the UK and work.
The pensioner admitted two counts of fraud, contrary to sections one and two of the Fraud Act 2006, at Birmingham Crown Court, on November 23.
She was later jailed for 19-months at the same court on Wednesday, February 3.
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During the court case earlier this week, Judge Avik Mukherjee said it was a “planned fraud for financial gain.”
“This offending was very mean and very serious,” he said. “You preyed on a couple who found themselves in a difficult position,” the judge said.
“You established trust in them – your word in the pre-sentencing report is that you ‘targeted’ them.
“They called you ‘auntie.’ You know how important a title that is. You lied to them from the outset. This was a planned fraud for financial gain.
“It was prolonged, persistent and planned.”
The judge added: “This offending is so serious that only an immediate custodial sentence can be justified.”
The Office for the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) said Nissa was previously convicted of similar offences in 2008.
Speaking after the case, John Tuckett, from the OISC, said: “Zabun Nissa allowed people to put their trust and future in her.
“She took a considerable sum of money from her victims and then avoided them over a significant period of time.
“These were serious offences, given the circumstances and the amount of money involved, and demonstrates the harm that can be caused by unregulated immigration advisers.”