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Accountant convicted of providing unqualified immigration advice

Accountant sentenced to 8 months' imprisonment suspended for 2 years.

Mrs Aysel Engulzekli, 55, of Enfield, North London, was sentenced on 13 May 2015 to 8 months’ imprisonment suspended for 2 years at the Central Criminal Court, having pleaded guilty to 4 charges of providing unregulated immigration advice.

Mrs Engulzekli was also ordered to pay £500 compensation, £1,000 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.

Mrs Engulzekli traded as ADA Associates, Hertford Road, Enfield, North London, where she gave immigration advice to her clients.

Upon sentencing, the Judge, Recorder Mr Lithman QC described her actions:

“I regard these offences as serious. Immigrants often find themselves in a vulnerable position.

“The applicant was prevented from getting proper advice and his application was refused.

“You have aptly demonstrated what can happen when unqualified individuals hold out as immigration advisers.”

Speaking about the decision, Deputy Immigration Services Commissioner Dr. Ian Leigh said:

“Illegally providing immigration advice is a serious offence, and the sentence handed down today reflects this. Peddling illegal immigration advice ruins people’s lives.”