Former MEP candidate imprisoned for 6 months for providing unregulated immigration advice.
Mr Kamran Malik, 47, managing director of K.M. Legal Advisory, Romford Road, London, was sentenced on 5 June 2014 to 6 months’ imprisonment by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court, for illegally providing immigration advice and services.
Malik is the leader of the Communities United Party and stood for election in 2012 for a seat on the GLA and recently for election as an MEP.
The Immigration Services Commissioner, Suzanne McCarthy, prosecuted Malik after receiving various complaints about his activities.
In sentencing, District Judge Ikram said:
“Your activity certainly had the hallmarks of exploitation. You exploited the vulnerable and demanded more money. These offences are so serious that I cannot deal with this by any other way than an immediate custodial sentence.”
Speaking about the decision, Suzanne McCarthy said:
“The OISC is here to ensure that people seeking immigration advice are treated fairly by people they can trust. We have clear standards outlining what we expect in terms of the fitness and competence of regulated advisers.
“Mr Malik chose to operate outside the law. I am delighted with the outcome of this case, and I hope it sends a clear message to other people considering providing immigration advice - either act within the law or you will find yourself in court.”