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Thursday, 18 November 2010

Newtown pastor admits immigration fraud

The Birmingham Mail reports - A BIRMINGHAM pastor who illegally helped foreigners desperate to stay in Britain can today be exposed as a liar and a conman.

David Morrison provided false bank statements and letters to immigration tribunals deciding the fate of those requesting visas or applicants whose requests to stay in the UK had been rejected.

He also acted as a sponsor of applicants in other cases and forged a bank statement which claimed to show he had more than £150,000 in his account when he actually owed the HSBC £900.

Morrison, a pastor at the Word Life Centre in William Street North, Newtown, pleaded guilty to providing false representation in immigration cases at Birmingham Crown Court.

The 41-year-old, of Lindridge Road, Erdington, had previously admitted perverting the course of justice.

He is now on bail and is due to be sentenced in January. Det Con Chris Aldridge, from the UK Border Agency’s immigration crime team, said: “This man used what should be a respected position in the community to try to help foreign nationals with no right to be in the UK enter this country Read More

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