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Migrant worker who bought fake passport is jailed at Lincoln Crown Court

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 12, 2012

Elvis Idegbekwu was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court

Elvis Idegbekwu was sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court

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A migrant worker who used bogus documents to obtain employment has been jailed for six months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Elvis Idegbekwu legally entered the UK in November 2008 on a two year spouse's visa after marrying a British woman in his native Nigeria.

But after his marriage broke down his Nigerian passport was stolen and he found he was unable to renew his visa.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said Idegbekwu bought a fake French passport in his own name which he used to obtain work at two food processing plants.

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But he was arrested last month after police, acting on a tip-off, raided his home and seized the bogus passport after finding it in a wardrobe.

Idegbekwu, 34, of Ripon Street, Lincoln, admitting possession of a false French passport between April 4 and August 7.

Michael Attenborough, defending, said Idegbekwu found himself in a difficult position as he was told he needed to return to Nigeria to obtain a replacement passport but was unable to travel abroad because he did not have a passport.

He said Idegbekwu has formed a new relationship since the end of his marriage and his current partner has recently given birth to a son.

"He has, aside of this offence, been a force for good in the community and with his family," said Mr Attenborough.

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  • Bicksy  |  October 17 2012, 8:47PM

    He's right you know | | | | \ / ¥

  • Numb_Chumpy  |  October 17 2012, 12:08AM

    "you obviously haven't cottoned on to the fact that your every move will be tracked using your mobile phone" You obviously haven't cottoned on to the fact that not every mobile phone has GPS and that even if it does it can be disabled quite simply by pressing the 'off' button. "public transport, trains, bus stops and buses are on CCTV" So? Do they used face recognition technology? Are they linked to a national database of containing everyone's photo? Is there a law against wearing a Groucho Marx disguise? No. Although under the totalitarian regimes favoured by apologists such as yourself the answer would be yes. "your car journey is tracked using ANPR" No it isn't, because that would require country-wide ANPR coverage. Which we don't have, although again apologists like you probably wish we did. "every keystroke on your computor is recorded as is every website you visit" Only if you allow them to be. And those of us who know what we're doing, don't. As the saying goes, those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither. They deserve nothing but the utmost contempt.

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  • Roadscource  |  October 16 2012, 5:22PM

    GeorgeSomme, if we are heavily tracked already and our every move recorded they why do we need extra measures such as NI numbers linked to fingerprints? Wouldnt your finger print recognition scheme just encourage the sale of severed fingers on the black market?

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  • GeorgeSomme  |  October 16 2012, 4:42PM

    Roadsource you have just reinforced my point and highlighted the need for my suggestion about NI numbers linked to fingerprints, thank you.

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  • nigelsparky  |  October 16 2012, 1:55PM

    Why is it some people cannot see bad in any immigrants that come to our shores? Why do they always have to have a swipe at the indigenous population, when someone questions an immigrants integrity. There is good and bad in every race and creed. In this particular, I'll say just one thing. I am a law abiding citizen, and if I wanted to go out and get a false passport etc, I wouldn't have a clue where to start looking for one, let alone obtaining one. But this guy did didn't he! Or am I being a little too simplistic here?

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  • Roadscource  |  October 16 2012, 1:09PM

    "you obviously haven't cottoned on to the fact that your every move will be tracked using your mobile phone, public transport, trains, bus stops and buses are on CCTV, your car journey is tracked using ANPR, every keystroke on your computor is recorded as is every website you visit, every money transaction you make (even if you pay cash you will be filmed at every till and cashpoint you use). Privacy, don't make me laugh" How is it that these trackers didnt know that Elvis had lost his passport or his visa had expired then? Or are they just tracking you?

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  • GeorgeSomme  |  October 16 2012, 11:59AM

    Right to privacy, if you register with an empoyment agency or use the NHS or benefits system they already know who you are from the information you give so why should people from overseas be exempt, you aren't one of these civil rights employees who are raking it in are you? you obviously haven't cottoned on to the fact that your every move will be tracked using your mobile phone, public transport, trains, bus stops and buses are on CCTV, your car journey is tracked using ANPR, every keystroke on your computor is recorded as is every website you visit, every money transaction you make (even if you pay cash you will be filmed at every till and cashpoint you use). Privacy, don't make me laugh.

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  • Mr_Sneer  |  October 16 2012, 10:31AM

    "All employers, employment agencies, GP's, the NHS and benefits offices should have access to this information." Cool. I'll just set myself up as an employment agency and help myself to your personal details. "Problem solved." Yeah, that pesky right to privacy and other basic civil liberties are nothing but trouble, aren't they?

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  • GeorgeSomme  |  October 16 2012, 9:57AM

    What we need is more policing of NI numbers, everyone over the age of16 born here is issued a unique number, every person who comes to this country for work or study should be issued a unique NI number linked to their status and fingerprints (not just name). All employers, employment agencies, GP's, the NHS and benefits offices should have access to this information. Anyone found to be employing or not confirming the identity of anyone accessing care or benefits should be fined a sum equal to their own yearly wage. Problem solved.

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  • DontBuyTheSun  |  October 16 2012, 8:15AM

    This is getting better than East Enders. Cant wait for the next episode. Dum dum dum da dum.

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