A con man who scammed large sums of money out of vulnerable immigrants seeking immigration advice has been forced to pay thousands of pounds in compensation.

Indian national, Mahesh Vora, of Central Road, Wembley, pretended to be am immigration adviser while taking large sums of money from his victims who seeked immigration advice.

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Vora was sentenced on Thursday last week (August 7) to 20 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, 150 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £3,750 compensation and court costs, the City of London Magistrates Court heard.

Vora worked out of offices in Abbey Road, Harlesden and the North Circular Road in Stonebridge.

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) became aware of his activities after receiving complaints from some of his Indian national clients, who had trusted him to help them with their Home Office applications.

In passing sentence, the District Judge said: "You have no experience, training or knowledge to advise in this area of work. You allowed persons to put their trust and future in you. You took a considerable sum of money from them and then avoided them over a long period of time. You then avoided contact with them. This was a serious offence given the amount of money involved and the impact on the applicants."

The OISC is an independent, public body established to regulate the provision of immigration advice and services in the UK.

Immigration Services Commissioner, Suzanne McCarthy 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."

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