A FAILED asylum seeker from Harrow has been jailed after immigration officials raided a firm in Park Royal looking for illegal workers.
Sri Lankan national Sivabalan Durai, 27, of St Margaret's Avenue, was one of four people arrested on July 2 when staff from the UK Border Agency swooped on a company called Super Toughened Glass in Willenfield Road.
Durai was charged with two counts of possession of a false ID document with intent - one of which concerned a bogus French passport – along with two counts of possession of an article for use in fraud – referring to national insurance cards – and three counts for possession of an identity document of another person without reasonable excuse, namely two British passports and a British driving licence.
On July 10 he pleaded guilty to all charges along with a second failed Sri Lankan asylum seeker from Northolt at Croydon Crown Court in south London. Both men received four month jail terms.
Super Toughened Glass has meanwhile been handed a 'notice for potential liability' which gives them 28 days to submit evidence to the agency that they carried out all relevant employer checks regarding migrant workers.
The company could face a fine of up to £40,000 if they do not provide satisfactory proof.
UK Border Agency area director Gareth Redmond said: “This prosecution shows how seriously the UK Border Agency takes criminals who use false or fake identity documents.
"We now have teams of specialist police and immigration officers working side by side to investigate exactly this kind of crime. This is another example of their success."
Two other men arrested during the raid were bailed while the UK Border Agency works to secure travel documents to remove them from the country.