At Croydon Crown Court on Friday, mother-of-two Ali, of Merton, south London, was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to 12 charges of misconduct as a public officer, and asking for 37 offences to be taken into consideration.Ah, well. Who could have suspected?
Shahnaz Ahmed, prosecuting, said Ali, whose children go to a private school, worked as an executive officer at the immigration unit in Croydon, Surrey, and was elevated to higher executive.She was promoted during the course of her deception? Boy, I bet her manager feels silly now...
"She was able to grant leave to stay by falsifying records, using random computer numbers and manipulating false applications from asylum seekers."Can we send her back in their place?
Those she helped were mainly Pakistanis, Indians, Sri Lankans and Afghans. Suspicious investigators, who spent two months full-time on their searches, have only been able to trace five of them.
When interviewed in July last year, Pakistan-born Ali, wife of an £80,000-a-year finance director, said:" I just wanted them to earn some money."Well, I hear Baroness Scotland has a vacancy.
The defence was, well, interesting:
Joan Mitchell, defending, said:"She is highly regarded in the community, and always ready to help others. They were people who had families and wanted to earn money. Being an intelligent woman, she would have realised the risks she was running."What risk? Five years - presumably automatically cut to half - then time off for good behaviour. She'll be out in, what, two?
And she can bathe in the admiration of the 'community'...