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Convicted pair subject to Proceeds of Crime Act order

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Pair convicted of providing illegal immigration advice ordered to pay compensation.

On 9 February 2015 at Warwick Crown Court, Judge de Bertodano issued confiscation orders against both Mr Mohammed Irshad and Mr Janghir Razzaq, Mr Razzaq was ordered to pay £45,000 within 6 months or spend a further 18 months imprisonment. Mr Irshad was ordered to pay £2,000 and £2,500 in prosecution costs.

Both men were convicted of providing illegal immigration advice and services in May 2014. The 13 victims of their crimes will now receive compensation. These orders were the result of the combined efforts of the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) and the West Midlands Police Regional Asset Recovery Unit.

Speaking about the decision, the Immigration Services Commissioner, Suzanne McCarthy, said:

“The OISC is here to ensure that people seeking immigration advice are treated fairly by people they can trust and who are fit and competent. Mr Irshad and Mr Razzaq operated outside the law.

“My Office will continue to identify and prosecute those who break the law and we will use all necessary legislation such as the Proceeds of Crime Act to pursue law breakers. The OISC is very appreciative of the support and assistance given by the West Midlands Regional Asset Recovery Team in this case.”