Alleged Sheffield illegal immigrant worked for the NHS for nearly 13 years

An alleged illegal immigrant worked for the NHS for nearly 13 years before he was accused of forging identification documents.

Monday, 20th January 2020, 11:17 am

Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard on January 15 how Ivory Coast national Charles Roger Ada, 45, of Headford Grove, Sheffield, is suspected of entering the UK illegally and allegedly pretended to be Nigerian and allegedly used false documents to get work.

Robert Coyne, prosecuting, said: “There are no Home Office records of Ada’s lawful entry to the UK and it is suspected he entered the country illegally and he has no rights to work.”

Mr Coyne claimed Ada illegally provided a Nigerian passport and false documents to get work with the NHS in 2007.

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A further Nigerian passport was allegedly found at Ada’s home, according to Mr Coyne.

Ada faces charges including fraud by falsely representing himself as Nigerian to work in the UK between November, 2007, and January 2020, and two counts of possessing a Nigerian passport. Mr Coyne said Ada has indicated guilty pleas to the offences.

Tim Gaubert, defending, said Ada has contributed to society by doing a job in the laundry at a hospital and has paid tax, insurance and board for lodgings.

Mr Gaubert added Ada has applied to remain in the country especially because he has a son here and there will be immigration proceedings.

District Judge Naomi Redhouse committed the case to Sheffield Crown Court for a hearing on February 5.

Ada was granted bail on the grounds he observes a curfew and reports to the police.