Nigerian Woman jailed for passport fraud

A Nigerian woman who used a fake passport to get a job has been jailed, following an investigation by UKBA officers.

Nkoli Judith Nwankwo of Pembroke Avenue in Enfield had used the false passport to pose as a Dutch national called Marilyn Kamanda and get a job as an IT consultant.

The 31-year-old was arrested on 21st March at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, where she was working as a contractor.

Nwankwo admitted possessing a false Dutch passport, fraud by false representation and possession of articles used in fraud. During a hearing at Reading Crown Court on 8th July she was jailed for eight months.

She will also face deportation to Nigeria at the end of her sentence.

Following her sentencing Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings began to confiscate the money made by Nwankwo as a result of the fraud.

John Donachy, criminal and financial investigation team, UK Border Agency said: “I welcome the prison term handed down in this case, and I hope it’ll act as a deterrent to others who think they can cheat the system. Using a forged or counterfeit passport is a serious offence and anyone who does so can expect to face arrest, jail and removal from the country.

“We will also look to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to make sure she doesn’t benefit financially from her criminality.”