12 April 2010

Baroness Scotland’s cleaner convicted of fraud, overstaying UK visa

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A jury of eight men and four women at Southwark Crown Court, London, took less than 90 minutes to find an illegal immigrant guilty of conning the attorney general, Lady Scotland, into hiring her as a cleaner.

Loloahi Tapui, a 27-year-old Tongan, will be sentenced on 7 May for fraud, possessing a false identity document and for overstaying her UK Student Visa.

Baroness Scotland was fined £5,000 last year for failing to take copies of the documents that Tapui claimed showed she was entitled to work in the UK, a mistake she “bitterly regrets".

Tapui pleaded guilty to possessing a passport with a counterfeit UK visa stamp between 7 June 2006 and 19 September 2009, but was cleared of using it to establish facts about herself.

Tapui said she paid £180 cash to a Russian called Alex for a fake UK Visa stamp, but denied knowing it was fake.

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