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Turkish man convicted for providing unlawful immigration advice

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Turkish accountant pleads guilty to providing unlawful immigration advice sentenced to 6 months' conditional discharge.

Mr Oguz Ozdesoglu, a 61 year old Turkish national of Sheepcote Drive, Watford, pleaded guilty to providing immigration advice illegally at the City of London Magistrates’ Court on 20 June 2014.

Ozdesoglu runs his own accountancy firm, Derman Accountancy Services Ltd of Northfield Avenue, Ealing, London. He was sentenced to 6 months’ conditional discharge.

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) prosecuted Ozdesoglu after receiving complaints from people who had trusted him to help them with their Home Office applications.

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. We have clear standards outlining what we expect in terms of the fitness and competence of regulated advisers.

“Mr Ozdesoglu chose to operate outside the law, and without regard for the protection of his clients. I hope that the outcome of this case sends a clear message to others who may be considering providing immigration advice - either act within the law or you will find yourself in court.”