01 December 2009

Baroness Scotland’s ex-cleaner charged with UK immigration offences

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Baroness Scotland faces the possibility of an embarrassing court case after her ex-cleaner was charged with fraud and immigration offences.

Loloahi Tapui, the former cleaner of Baroness Scotland, has been charged possessing a false passport, fraud by false representation and overstaying her UK Visa, and faces up to 10 years in prison if she is found guilty.

Tapui, 27, plans to request the case to go to Crown Court trail, and wants Baroness Scotland to be called as a witness to answer questions about how thoroughly she checked Tapui’s right to work in the UK.

Tapui is expected to claim there are mitigating circumstances surrounding the charge of overstaying her UK Visa and will deny the other two UK immigration charges.

Baroness Scotland sacked Tapui as her cleaner after it was discovered she was in the country unlawfully, but there is some dispute if the Baroness had seen all of Tapui’s immigration documents as required by law.  

Tapui has claimed she was never asked to show her passport.

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