Tue, 01 Feb 2011
A PASTOR who provided false bank statements and letters to immigration tribunals to help foreigners enter the UK has been jailed for 15 months.
David Morrison, 41, attempted to con immigration courts in Birmingham and Walsall to help nine foreigners reach British shores over a four-and-half year period from 2005.
The founder of the World Life Centre in William Street North, who pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and providing false documentation, was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday as a judge told him: “The courts take such offences seriously.”
During the sentencing hearing the court heard Morrison, of Lindridge Road, Erdington, sponsored nine immigration applications and two applications to remain in the country, each time claiming to be a friend or relative of the applicants.
Supporting their bids to reach the UK he claimed to have up to £160,000 in a HSBC bank account with which to support the foreign nationals.
He also forged letters from bank staff supporting his financial claims and a letter offering accommodation to the immigrants.
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