Guilty verdict in work permits scam

A former chicken factory boss has been found guilty of using forged documents to apply for work permits for illegal immigrants, so they could work at his processing factory, Chesterfield Poultry.

Derby Crown Court heard how Amjad Iqbal, 41, of Parkfield, Chorley Wood, Hertfordshire, provided the forged documents for a fee and was part of a scam to allow non-EU citizens to live and work illegally in the UK.

His former wife, Ninel Iqbal, told the court that her ex-husband had bragged about selling forged documents, for which he was charging £2,000.

Mr Iqbal denied any involvement, but was found guilty in a unanimous jury verdict.

Two others had previously admitted their part in the scam. Patrick McCrudden, 43, of Stretford, Manchester, admitted two counts of producing forged identity documents for people who went to work at Chesterfield Poultry. McCrudden worked for Manchester-based company, Recruitment UK. His sister, Catherine Anderson, 53, of Salford, admitted a similar charge.

All three are due to be sentenced at the end of February.

UK Border Agency officer, Pc David Chambers, said: “We are very pleased with this result and we hope it sends out a message to others thinking of getting involved in this activity.”

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