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Corrupt solicitor jailed in fake passport immigration scam

PUBLISHED: 16:33 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:50 05 October 2010

A CORRUPT immigration solicitor who forged documents to make false visa applications for clients has been jailed for four years. Gabriel Gabman, 47, got his clients into the country on false documents or declarations—and had some working for him at his East Ham offices, in East London, without pay

A CORRUPT immigration solicitor who forged documents to make false visa applications for clients has been jailed for four years.

Gabriel Gabman, 47, got his clients into the country on false documents or declarations—and had some working for him at his East Ham offices, in East London, without pay.

But his scam was tumbled when the Home Office spotted a fake Nigerian passport he submitted last year to get a residents’ visa.

The Home Office alerted Operation Swale, a joint Metropolitan Police and UK Border Agency team.

Officers uncovered several work permit applications he had made for foreigners to come and work for his company.

Gabman, originally from Nigeria himself, made false declarations to get the permits, saying his clients had qualifications from academic institutions such as South Bank, Thames Valley and Manchester Metropolitan universities.

Pol Ins Alex Ttaris said after the hearing at Croydon Crown Court: “He would charge tens of thousands of pounds for what clients thought were visas being processed correctly.

“They trusted Gabman, who used his position of authority to manipulate and control them.

“Many ended up working for him in East London for little or no pay.”

The addresses Gabman used were Gabman Solicitors and Wessex Solicitors, both in High Street North, East Ham.

Gabman got four years for the visa application and two years for holding a forged Nigerian passport when he was found guilty last Friday (November 21), both sentences to run together.

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