Published On: Fri, Nov 14th, 2014 on 4:47 pm

Former Bradford councillor and family jailed for visa scam

Khadham Hussain Visa Scam

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Five members of a family led by a former Bradford city councillor have been jailed for immigration fraud.

Khadham Hussain, 62, who was a Conservative councillor in the City Ward between 2004 and 2006, was linked to around 100 fraudulent visa applications.

He and his wife Zahida Parveen, three sons Adnan, Gibran and Adam Ashraf, and nephew Numan Shafi were all found guilty at Bradford Crown Court of conspiring to defraud.

The family produced and sold forged documents, which were then submitted by others as part of their visa applications to the Home Office.

Hussain and his family were arrested in September 2012, a year after investigators were alerted to their activities by a solicitor who reported fraudulent use of her signature and company stamp.

Hussain, who led the scam, was jailed for nine years.

Ashraf, 36, Shafi, 26, and Gibran, 26, were given seven-year sentences. Adnan, 31, was jailed for seven years and three months after admitting a benefit fraud offence.

Parveen, 53, is to be sentenced on 4 December at Bradford Crown Court.

Judge Hatton said: “This conspiracy involved a thoroughly dishonest, cynical and wholesale assault on the integrity of the immigration procedures, rules and regulations.”

Craig Swanston, from Home Office Criminal Investigations, said the sentences came at “the end of a complex investigation into the criminal activities of a Bradford-based organised crime group led by Khadam Hussain.”

He added: “His gang, which included members of his family, used fraudulent practices to cheat our immigration system and facilitate the illegal entry of foreign nationals into the UK.”

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