The UK Border Agency has been lambasted by a top judge for “astronomical failure” after it was shown that the organization gave out many job permits to the Milton Keynes firm and then hoarded important evidence that showed that it had woefully been unable to complete even the simplest of tasks.
A court listened to how the firm formerly known as the UK Border Agency (UKBA) issued 117 certificates of sponsorship to a company based in Copperhouse Court Techsense UK Ltd over a time spanning three years in spite of the warning that its inspector that the firm appeared to be involved in shady business.
After being grouped as low risk by the Home Office they had been granted the permission to issue sponsorship agreement after they pretended to have juicy contracts with big companies like Microsoft, and the NHS.
Unfortunately, those contracts were never true and in spite of their visiting the company twice in Milton Keynes and another to its sister company in Islamabad, no staff of UKBF made any reviews to confirm their activity.
The certificates led to 55 visas actually being given to people claiming to be coming in from Pakistan claiming to work for the company on emoluments of at least $40,000. This was in spite of the fact that the firm was always making losses.
It is being calculated that over 120 families and their members were given visas to come to the UK from 2009 to 2012.
Of those who succeeded in crossing over, many of them actually ended up being employed by fast food outlets and super stores.
In an incredulous scene a very angry Judge Peter Ross had interrogated one of the most senior managers of the forces before concluding that they had woefully failed to review the evidence provided.
In livid anger, the judge had stated that the scandal had been the inability of the force to crosscheck on Techsense UK even when it could have been easy to do so. He also chastised the firm for not revealing important information to the agents until the very final day of the trial – an obstacle which almost destroyed the trial.
There had been a complete fail by the Home Office to reveal all that it knew and should have revealed.
In response, the leader of UKBF’s sponsorship unit George Shirley said the force had already strengthened its reviews on companies and that Techsense UK cannot be given a license under the new laws.
The court was also told of how the company’s owners who are both of Pakistani descent Rashid Ghauri and Ali Junejo made at least $500,000 by selling those employment permits for at least $3,500 each.
42 year old Ghauri agreed that he was guilty to three counts of dishonesty and laundering illicit proceeds of money. He was sent to prison for six years.
35 years old Junejo was also guilty of the same offences and was sent to prison for 6 and a half years.
Ghauri who was the main person involved had used his spouse’s bank account and credit card to settle the expenses for the licenses. His defense counsel Alexandra Healy QC had informed the court that he was addicted to gambling.
Judge Ross stated that their elaborate plan had been done for financial gains, and was well-thought out to beat the immigration process for those coming into the UK.
He equally stopped them from being a director of any UK firm for at most 15 years.