A MAN has been jailed for nine months after using a fake passport to apply for a job at Southall's Western International Market.

Lauris Kodaz, 32, who is believed to be Ukranian, used a false Portuguese passport to support his job application to Hounslow Council.

But eagle-eyed officers alerted police after spotting a number of errors with the document.

Kodaz, who lives in Hayes, was arrested at the market after submitting a passport using the name 'Kolats'.

A search of his home revealed several other counterfeit passports.

He was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on April 14 for citing a forged instrument and was recommended for deportation on completion of his sentence.

Staff in Hounslow Council's human resources department receive specialist counter-fraud training.

Cllr Gerald McGregor, lead member for finance, warned anyone using forged documents they would be caught.

"In instances where documents are put forward as proof of identity, we always check them thoroughly to determine authenticity," he said.

"If people offer us fake information, we will take firm and appropriate action."