Conman jailed for three years

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A conman and bigamist from Milton Keynes who stole the identity of another man in an attempt to live and work in the UK has been jailed for three years, following an investigation by the UK Border Agency.

Abdul Allan, 51, of Spearmint Close, Walnut Tree is thought to have entered the country as a national of Niger in 1995. He went on to use multiple identities to try and stay in the UK and married three different women using three different aliases.

Allan obtained a British birth certificate and, claiming to have been adopted, used it to apply for a string of identity and immigration documents.

He also made a variety of applications to the Home Office using different names and fraudulently obtained a UK driving licence. Using his illegally obtained documents he went on to gain work with Milton Keynes Council.

However, his cover was blown on September 16, 2010 when he was arrested at his home address by investigators from the UK Border Agency’s South East Criminal and Financial Investigation team.

They then used facial mapping techniques and handwriting experts to confirm that Allan’s various identities were one and the same.

On Thursday, March 8, a jury at Oxford Crown Court found Allan guilty of three counts of obtaining leave to enter or remain in the UK by deception, two counts of bigamy, plus five other charges including fraud and deception.

Allan was sentenced to three years in prison by a judge at the same court today and will face deportation at the end of his sentence.

Bernadette Ellison, from the UK Border Agency’s South East Criminal and Financial Investigation team, said: “Allan built his entire life in the UK on a complicated web of lies and deceit. He has lied so much I doubt he knows what the truth is any more.

“Unpicking this was difficult, but his conviction shows we are committed to tracking down and stopping those who attempt to undermine the immigration system.”

The public can help by reporting any information about suspected immigration abuse to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be assured or by visiting http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime.