Indian woman jailed in Britain for carrying fake documents

January 10th, 2009 - 5:52 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 10 (IANS) An Indian national, Fatima Gani, has been jailed for possessing fake identity documents at her home in Tooting, London.The 42-year-old woman had illegally stayed back in the country after arriving on a holiday, the police said. Her house was raided on a tip-off.

She pleaded guilty to 17 offences of identity fraud at Kingston Crown Court and was sentenced to two years in prison.

A large number of documents, including fake and original passports, driving licences and bank documents were seized from her house.

These included three fake passports - two Indian and one Finnish - and three fake British driving licences, all carrying Gani’s photographs. Three genuine driving licences and five genuine Indian passports were also found.

Several counterfeit documents holding other people’s details were also seized, including nine counterfeit Indian passports, one counterfeit Italian passport and two Home Office application registration cards.

Further details about Gani and her background are still to be released. Acting Detective Chief Inspector Bob Hoey of the raiding party told a London newspaper, Your Local Guardian Saturday: “We welcome this result which sends out a clear message that identity fraud will not be tolerated.”

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