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UK Court Orders Fraudster Who Rigged Language Test for Foreign Students to Repay £230,000


first_imgA UK court has ordered a fraudster, who helped to fake academic records and rig English language exams so foreign students could apply for visa extensions illegally, to pay back £230,000, Dailymail.com reported.Wahida Sultana, 40, was the principal of Eden College International in East London. She was associated with a group that faked academic records for foreign students who required visa extensions. Sultana was ordered by Judge Joanna Korner QC to pay £230,000 within a span of three months. “By agreement the benefit is agreed to be £352,000. The available amount is £230,000. I therefore make a confiscation order to the sum of £230,000. There will be three months to pay,” the judge said, Dailymail.com reported.In 2016, Harinder Kumar, Hemant Kumar, Talal Chowdhury, Shaheen Ahmed, and Mohammad Hasan were found guilty of plotting to facilitate the commission of breaches of immigration law between Oct. 17, 2012 and Feb. 10, 2014, and stood trial in 2016, the report added.Ahmed and Chowdhury were jailed for eight years each, while Hasan was jailed for five years and Harinder Kumar got a three-year prison term.Sultana and Hemant Kumar were convicted after a second trial last year, following which Sultana was sentenced to two year in prison with the sentence suspended for two years in August.The scam was exposed in early 2014 after an investigation by BBC’s Panorama program in which journalists went undercover as students seeking to make use of the services of the gang. They recorded the fraudsters on their cameras while they were at work. The BBC was told that Studentway could get past mandatory English tests, even if applicants spoke no EnglishThe language tests were conducted at Eden College International, while Hasan was a “designated invigilator.” Students were either given the answers during the exam at the college or the gang made arrangements for other people to take the test in place of the students. The scam also included Studentway Education in Southall and Total Care London in Whitechapel, east London, the report said.The gang also rigged the English language tests needed by the Home Office and was able to make a sum of £500,000 from students who were looking to extend their visas.The police started investigating the scam soon after and found that three firms were involved in the scam. The gang provided documents like bank statements as well as academic records for migrants of countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh who were seeking to extend their stay in United Kingdom fraudulently.Immigrants looking for ways to extend their visas fraudulently were picked by Ahmed and Chowdhury from their educational consulting company Total Care London. Harinder Kumar ran an immigration advice service, Student Way Education in Southall, Middlesex, where they promised a “guaranteed pass” to students for £500.“The evidence makes clear that at the college which is at the center of this case, there were during the 16-month period covered by the charge, at least 800 bogus English language examinations taken, the vast majority of which were later relied upon in support of fraudulent applications to the Home Office for the obtaining of student visas,” prosecutor David Walbank was quoted as saying earlier by the publication.Another hearing has been scheduled for May 3 this year to decide the amount Kumar will have to pay back. Related ItemsBritainUKlast_img read more


Another celestial sight


first_imgNo related posts. Thanks to reader Ulrich Lang, golf director for Los Delfines Golf & Country Club in Playa Tambor, for this photo of two everyday sights – sun and clouds – combining to spectacular effect in the Guanacaste skies.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Commentslast_img


Whats Next The Cardinals hit the road to take on


first_imgWhat’s Next: The Cardinals hit the road to take on the Washington Redskins next Sunday at 11 a.m. MST.Philadelphia Eagles 43, Los Angeles Rams 35The Eagles lost quarterback Carson Wentz to what appears to be a torn ACL, but they won this matchup of division leaders in Los Angeles.Wentz threw four touchdown passes before his injury, including a 2-yard strike to Alshon Jeffery that gave the Eagles a 31-28 lead late in the third quarter. In fact, that connection happened four plays after Wentz was hurt, but he stayed in the game and finished the drive before giving way to backup Nick Foles.The Rams answered, marching on a 75-yard drive capped by Todd Gurley’s second touchdown run of the day to give L.A. a 35-31 lead.To Foles’ credit, he did a nice job in relief, engineering two drives that ended in field goals that turned out to be the difference. In all, Foles went 6-of-10 for 42 yards.Philadelphia added a cosmetic touchdown on the game’s last play when Brandon Graham returned a fumble 16 yards for a score.Stat of the Game: Philadelphia dominated time of possession, keeping the ball for over 39 minutes to prevent the Rams’ potent offense from being on the field. The Eagles ran 85 offensive plays to the Rams’ 45. Seven weeks later, the Titans were on the wrong end of such a game.Phil Dawson booted four field goals and the Cardinals’ defense put the clamps on Tennessee’s offense in a five-point win.The game may have been the Cardinals’ best defensive performance of the year. The Titans managed only 204 yards of offense, with only 65 of that coming on the ground. Arizona sacked Marcus Mariota twice and picked him off twice, with Tramon Williams and Josh Bynes doing the honors.Offensively, there were issues for the Cardinals, who yielded eight sacks of quarterback Blaine Gabbert. But, for only the second time all season, and the first time since a Week 3 Monday night loss to Dallas, Arizona didn’t turn the ball over.Arizona finished 3-1 against the AFC South this season, good for half of its wins.Stat of the Game: Larry Fitzgerald had 44 yards receiving and moved past Randy Moss into third place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list with 15,311. Fitzgerald needs just 624 yards to surpass Terrell Owens and move into second place on the list.He Said It: “There’s no such thing.” — Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians on whether or not this was an ugly win for his team. He Said It: “Things weren’t clicking for us, and now they are. Winning is contagious, and we’re just going to keep getting better. Winning is fun. Better late than never.” — CelekWhat’s Next: The 49ers look for their third straight win Sunday when they host the Tennessee Titans at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers – Garoppolo, who was acquired in a trade with the Patriots at the deadline, was thought to be San Francisco’s quarterback of the future, and has done nothing to change that thinking in his first two starts. His 334 passing yards were the second-most for a 49ers QB this season. Brian Hoyer threw for 353 in a loss to Indianapolis in October.Defensive Player of the Week: Chandler Jones, OLB, Arizona Cardinals – Jones had another sack, giving him 14 on the season, and added three tackles for loss to pad his own NFL lead in that category.Special Teams Players of the Week: Mike Thomas and Blake Countess, Los Angeles Rams – Thomas shot through and blocked an Eagles’ punt which Countess scooped up and took to the end zone to give the Rams a 28-24 lead over Philadelphia in the third quarter. TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints ForPoints Against Josh Lambo added two fourth-quarter field goals to offset two long touchdown passes from Wilson and preserve the Jacksonville win.Stat of the Game: Wilson threw three interceptions, which marks only the third time in his career he’s had that many in a game. Those picks were turned into 10 points by the Jaguars.He Said It: “Shoot, man. We should have won. We felt like we could have won,” — WilsonWhat’s Next: The Seahawks host the Rams with first place in the NFC West on the line next Sunday at CenturyLink Field.San Francisco 49ers 26, Houston Texans 16Break up the 49ers!San Francisco notched its second straight win, beating the Texans by 10 on the road at NRG Stadium in Houston.Jimmy Garoppolo, making just his second start for San Francisco, completed 20-of-33 for 334 yards and a touchdown pass in the win. That touchdown — a 6-yard strike to Garrett Celek late in the third quarter — broke a 16-16 tie and proved to be the winning margin for the 49ers.Stat of the Game: The win marked the first time the Niners have had back-to-back wins in the same season since Weeks 10, 11 and 12 of the 2014 campaign, when they beat the Saints, Giants and Redskins in a row. 940396265 Standings 3100228314 Yes, the Rams and the Seahawks both stumbled in Week 14, but their first-place showdown is still on for Sunday in Seattle.Meanwhile, the Cardinals’ defense shut down the first-place Titans and the 49ers continued their late-season surge by winning on the road in Houston.Here’s a closer look at everything that went on in the NFC West in Week 14.Arizona Cardinals 12, Tennessee Titans 7In Week 7, the Titans got an ugly, 12-9 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns without the aid of a touchdown. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 670231317 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 850314252 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling He Said It: “Against a team like that there [are] things that you can’t do. Unfortunately, you do have to learn some lessons the hard way, myself included.” — Rams head coach Sean McVayWhat’s Next: The Rams seek revenge for an earlier loss to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Sunday afternoon.Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Seattle Seahawks 24The Jaguars used a 21-point outburst in the third quarter, including two Blake Bortles touchdown passes, to put away the Seahawks at Everbank Field.The game was a defensive struggle in the first half, with the Jaguars holding a 3-0 halftime lead. Bortles hit rookie Dede Westbrook on an 18-yard touchdown pass to stretch the Jags’ lead to 10, but that also seemed to wake up a stagnant Seattle offense. The Seahawks rallied for 10 points of their own on a Blair Walsh field goal and a Russell Wilson-to-Doug Baldwin touchdown pass in a span of just 58 seconds.On the very next play from scrimmage, Bortles hit Keelan Cole on a 75-yard touchdown pass to give Jacksonville the lead back. Seattle went three-and-out on its next possession and Jaydon Mickens returned a Jon Ryan punt 72 yards to the Seattle 1-yard line, setting up Leonard Fournette’s touchdown run to give the Jags a two-touchdown lead. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more