Namibian Mother-of-Three Used Fake Passports to Illegally Stay in UK for Seven Years

Namibian Mother-of-Three Jailed for Using Fake Passports to Stay in the UK

A shocking case has emerged in which a Namibian mother-of-three managed to stay in Britain for seven years using two false passports and a series of counterfeit documents. Junice Tjaveondja, 30, had been flagged by the Home Office as an illegal immigrant, yet she successfully established a life in the UK with fake Dutch and Portuguese passports, as well as two aliases and forged documents from HMRC.

During her illicit stay between 2016 and 2023, Tjaveondja used these fraudulent papers to secure a tenancy on a £200,000 four-bedroom house in Leigh, Greater Manchester. She also opened two bank accounts and found employment in the care sector through agencies.

However, her luck ran out when she was arrested as part of a wider investigation into a criminal gang providing illegal workers with counterfeit documents. It was revealed that Tjaveondja had made two unsuccessful appeals to the Home Office for permission to stay in the UK.

At Manchester Crown Court, Tjaveondja pleaded guilty to five charges of fraud and 12 charges of possessing an article for use in fraud. She was sentenced to six months in jail and is currently appealing against her deportation for the third time.

Prosecutor Antony Longworth explained that Tjaveondja had used the false documents to obtain employment and receive payment while in the country illegally. He added that she had attempted to gain legal status twice, but both attempts were denied.

The court heard that numerous items and documents were seized under various false names, including fake passports, utility bills, a National Insurance letter, and employment records. Investigations revealed that Tjaveondja had used these false identities to open bank accounts and secure employment in the care sector.

Tjaveondja’s defense counsel, Nick Clarke, argued that she did not possess the skills or connections to create the counterfeit documents herself. He also highlighted that while she worked unlawfully, others were benefiting from her salary.

In sentencing, Judge Peter Horgan acknowledged the exploitation Tjaveondja had experienced but emphasized that she knew what she was doing and accepted responsibility for her actions.

This shocking case serves as a reminder of the lengths some individuals will go to deceive immigration authorities and the potential consequences they face when caught. The Home Office and law enforcement agencies continue to work tirelessly to uncover and prosecute those involved in organized immigration fraud.

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