Dec 21 2012 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
A MAN from Harrow and three men from Kingsbury will enter pleas next year over an alleged fraudulent migrant visa racket.
The defendants – all similarly charged with conspiracy to defraud the Home Office between August 1, 2009, and May 30, 2011 – appeared at Harrow Crown Court on Wednesday when their plea and case management hearing was set for March 11 next year.
In the dock were Devashish Shah, 32, an Indian national of St Pauls Avenue, Harrow, and Faisal Sultan, 31, Sheeraz Sultan, 32, and Shahzad Sultan, 35, all of Church Lane, Kingsbury; Shankar Bhandari, 34, of Swanage Waye, Hayes; Hafiz Ullah, 32, and Fida Hussain, 32, both of North Road, Southall; and Mahtab Choudhary, 30, of Mortimer Crescent, Kilburn.
All eight men continue on conditional bail granted at Hendon Magistrates’ Court in October when they had to surrender their passports to Wembley Police Station, observe an electronically-monitored curfew between 10pm and 6am, remain within England or Wales, live and sleep at their home address, and refrain from applying for international travel documents.
Shah had to pay surety – a bond handed to the court to ensure he answers bail – of £2,000, while the three Sultans had to pay £5,000 each, and Bhandari and Choudhary £2,000 each. Hussain and Ullah were not ordered to pay surety.
The magistrates approved orders to allow the further detention by police of £6,000 owned by Bhandari and £3,200 that belonged to Hussain.
The charges came after UK Border Agency officers raided in October nine homes in north and north-west London and four business premises in Harrow and Park Royal, two of which involved the offices of immigration law advisors.