Fake passport led to prison after raid on Sheffield restaurant

Immigration officers raid the Shapla Indian Restaurtant in Sheffield
Immigration officers raid the Shapla Indian Restaurtant in Sheffield
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An illegal immigrant found during a raid on a Sheffield restaurant has been jailed for eight months for using a fake passport.

Soyfur Rahman, aged 34, was found by immigration officials during a raid on the Shapla Tandoori Restaurant on Cumberland Street in Sheffield city centre last month.

He was prosecuted after a Home Office-led crackdown on illegal workers.

Officers were looking for immigrants unable to legally work in the UK and those living in the country illegally.

Rahman, who gave the Shapla as his address but who is originally from Bangladesh, was found to have a counterfeit passport in somebody else’s name which bore his photograph, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

It emerged he entered the UK as a 16-year-old in 1995 and had applied to the Home office for indefinite leave to remain in 2004 but his application was rejected.

A year later he was issued with a removal notice for unlawful entry and was issued with a second removal notice in 2009, said Carl Fitch, prosecuting.

He applied for leave to remain and claimed asylum but both applications were turned down.

Although the appeal process was exhausted by February 2011, he was granted leave to remain in the country until November next year due to the time he had been in the UK.

This gave him the right to work but he applied for ‘naturalisation’ using the fake passport in May 2011, which the authorities believed was false.

He has now been served with another deportation notice.

Rahman admitted possessing a false passport with improper intention.

Clarkson Baptiste, for Rahman, said he made a ‘grave error’ in using the false passport.

He said he had paid an ‘unscrupulous person’ £5,000 for the passport to support his naturalisation application.