A HEADTEACHER who was jailed for dishing out bogus qualifications has been stripped of her MBE - given to her for services to education.
In April 2010 Dr Roselle Antoine was sentenced to eight months in prison for luring foreign students to the TCS Tutorial College in Wealdstone, with the promise of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs).
But it emerged the certificates were not worth the paper they were written on in a scam that spanned six years at the Palmerston Road based college.
She also illegally helped eight foreign nationals, mostly from Jamaica, apply for student visas so she could milk them for tuition fees of between £850 and £1,350 a year.
Having been made an MBE for services to education in the Queen's New Year's Honours list in 2006 it was announced last week it would be cancelled and annulled and her name will be erased from the register of that order.
Back in 2010 Trading Standards in Harrow helped to convict 55-year-old Antoine after sending an undercover officer into the college, posing as a student.
On March 31 in the same year she was found guilty on eight counts of providing immigration services when not qualified, all between September 2001 and March 2004.
Antoine, of Blairhead Drive, South Oxhey, was also found guilty on five counts of knowingly making a false statement and five of recklessly making a false statement between September 2001 and January 2007.
Following the unanimous decision at Southwark Crown Court she was hauled back in front of Miss Recorder Catherine Newman QC where she was handed the eight month prison sentence and ordered to pay compensation to some of the students at the college.
Speaking after her honour was stripped Bill Bilon, Head of Consumer and Business Protection at Harrow and Brent Trading Standards said: “This closes the final chapter in a case that my officers, in conjunction with OISC investigators, have been working on since 2007.
"Not only has Roselle Antoine been brought to justice and consumers been awarded compensation as a result of Antoine’s dishonesty, but she has now been stripped of her MBE.
"Antoine was once hailed as a “wonder woman” and I am very pleased that this award has been taken away from her.”