Shop owner set to be deported

A SHOP owner who stayed in the UK illegally was snared after he used a false passport to open a bank account.

Jayendrakumar Gajjar, who ran Chamunda News in Bath Street, Ilkeston, has now been jailed for eight months.

And a judge has recommended that the Indian national is deported at the end of his sentence.

Derby Crown Court heard that Gajjar had come to the UK in 2001 on a six-month visitor’s visa but, since it had expired, he had been living in the country illegally.

Gajjar’s deceit was discovered in October last year when he attempted to open a bank account, with a £10,000 overdraft limit. A Northwest Bank employee suspected the passport that he produced as identification was false.

Prosecutor Linsey Knott said: “The passport was checked – the passport number was a genuine number but related to an elderly lady from Ireland. The passport was false.”

Gajjar told police he had paid £560 for the fake passport after being approached by two men while working in his uncle’s shop in Reading.

Gajjar, of Bath Street, Ilkeston, admitted fraud and possessing a false document with intent.

Alexander Barnfield, for Gajjar, said: “He has his wife and children here and has been here a long time. The deportation that will follow is a severe punishment.”