A corrupt immigration officer has been jailed for three years and nine months for attempting to extort money from an Indian national who was due to be removed from the UK.
Jaspreet Kaur, 41 from Romford, was imprisoned today (Thursday 11 April) at Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.
She demanded £2,500 from a potential returnee after falsely telling him she had ‘pulled strings’ to have him released from Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre in March 2017.
Kaur also falsely claimed that if the man paid her the money, any outstanding deportation orders against him would not be enforced.
She gave him a week to gather the money. A telephone conversation was recorded after his suspicions were aroused.
After Kaur was arrested in July 2017, and confronted with the recorded evidence, she admitted it was her voice.
She then lied and tried to claim she had been threatened by the man.
Anton Allera, Specialist Prosecutor in the Specialist Fraud Division of the Crown Prosecution Service, said:
“Jaspreet Kaur abused her position of power for financial gain.
“Bribery is corrosive in any walk of life, let alone by someone like Kaur who was involved in deporting people from the UK.
“We are committed to prosecuting people who undermine confidence in our public services and who believe such corrupt behaviour is acceptable.”
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