2013-01-22 08:45:54 -
Fil-Brit Businesswoman Arrested In Visa Scam Investigation
Scores of Pinoys duped in entrepreneur visa fraud
Home Office's crack team of organized immigation crime investigators move in
Members of a joint UK Borders Agency (UKBA) and police task force made two arrests in Manchester Monday as part of a major investigation into a suspected visa scam.
Flerida Frost, 49, of Morland Road, Manchester who also goes by the name of Fatima Dudha and a 39 year old Bangladeshi man of Shillingford Road, Manchester were taken into custody.
Frost was arrested on suspicion of assisting unlawful immigration and fraud by false representation while the man was arrested on suspicion of assisting unlawful immigration.
The arrests were by the UK Border Agency’s Criminal and Financial Investigation team. The UK
Border Agency’s Criminal and Financial Investigation team is a specialist unit of police officers seconded from the Metropolitan Police working alongside warranted UK Border Agency officers to investigate organised immigration crime.
Frost and the other man were released on bail until April 22 while enquiries continue.
A complicated web of deceit has alleged to have been utilized to cheat scores of Filipinos, as well as an unknown number of people of other nationalities, out of thousands of pounds.
The fraud has come about because of changes to British laws regarding foreign student visa holders, specifically those from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA), and has enabled the fraudsters to dupe the naive and desperate into believing they were eligible for either highly skilled or Entrepreneur visas.
For this "service" they were charged between £4,000 and £8,000.
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