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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Jailed For Using Dead Child's Identity In The UK

A PAKISTANI man who used the stolen identity of a dead toddler to live in the UK and bring his children into the country has today been jailed for four years.

Mohammed Merhaban Ali, 49, of Oak Street, Burton, used the illegally obtained birth certificate of a child who was born in 1976 and died aged 18 months to apply for a British passport.

That was shortly after entering the UK in 2010.

He went on to obtain a driving licence in the same name.

Ali also used the fraudulent identity to bring his five children over from Pakistan to live with him. He attempted to bring his wife into the country as well but this was refused.

The Home Office started an investigation into Ali in 2014, which involved detailed evidence gathering working with the British High Commission in Islamabad, and liaison with the family of the child who had died.

Ali continued to deny his real identity, so investigators worked with a photographic imagery expert who compared his recent photo with one held on file by the Home Office in his true identity.

They concluded that both images were of the same person.

In December 2015, Ali pleaded guilty to possessing a false identity document with improper intent, as well as charges of "facilitating/attempting to facilitate unlawful immigration".

Today he was jailed for four years at Stafford Crown Court.

Inspector Andy Radcliffe, of the UK's immigration enforcement crime team, said what Ali had done was "cynical and callous".

He said: "This was a calculated attempt to play the immigration system.

"Ali has trampled over the feelings of the family of a deceased child, and the sentence handed out today reflects the severity of his vile criminality.

"The fact that Ali has now been caught and jailed for these offences is thanks to the persistence and meticulous evidence gathering of the immigration enforcement crime investigation team.

"This case serves as a warning to anyone who thinks they can cheat the immigration rules.

"Our specialist, dedicated and well resourced teams will catch you and put you before the courts."

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