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News story: Fake ID gang jailed

first_img The criminal business that Kanaventi and Adekoya were running was designed to undermine the fundamental immigration rule that if you have no legal status in the UK, you have no right to work. Their customers hoped that the fake documents would be enough to convince prospective employers that they were entitled to work, in turn allowing them to a build a life for themselves in the UK to which they were simply not entitled. By bringing Kanaventi, Adekoya and their associates to justice we have stopped a concerted, systematic and financially motivated assault on the UK’s immigration system. Paul Kanaventi, 37, of Forster Street, Nottingham Victor Ariyo, 53, of Rye Hill Park, London Madalitso Majawa, 33, of Ombersley Close, Redditch Steven Kanaventi – 3 years 4 months and 2 weeks Adekoya – 3 years 4 months and 2 weeks Paul Kanaventi – 9 months Azeeza – 4 years Ariyo – 3 years Nkanta – 1 year 4 months Majawa – 6 months CFI will now pursue the confiscation of £135,000 of cash under the Proceeds of Crime Act which was sitting in a bank account belonging to Ariyo. The criminal organisation was dismantled following an operation led by Immigration Enforcement’s Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI) Team.From late 2015 until June 2017, officers gathered evidence which ultimately led to the conviction of 7 conspirators from Coventry, Nottingham, Redditch and London.Over the course of their investigation, officers unearthed wide-scale distribution of British passports, British residence permits, degree certificates and Constructions Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards – all of them fake. Prices ranged from £900 for a passport to £200 for the CSCS card and degree certificate.The gang was led by Steven Kanaventi, 39, of Mulliner Street, Coventry, and Alfred Adekoya, 47, of Kingslake Street, London. They were jailed at Woolwich Crown Court today (26 January) and each sentenced to 3 years 4 months and 2 weeks imprisonment having pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture a fake document at an earlier hearing.Inspector Ben Thomas from CFI said: Ben Thomas said: Steven Kanaventi was a particularly brazen operator, to the extent that his social media alias – Chris Namatchanga – was a clear play on words of ‘name changer’. Kanaventi was involved in every part of the Midlands operation. He set the prices, he placed the orders with his forger Ariyo and he was even caught on CCTV posting the counterfeit documents to his customers. Adekoya was arrested on 20 June last year after making an exchange inside a betting shop in Woolwich with a man subsequently identified as Luke Nkanta, 29. When Adekoya was stopped and searched shortly after the transaction had been made he was found in possession of 3 counterfeit British passports.When Nkanta, of Wordsworth House, Woolwich, was stopped he was found with an envelope containing a counterfeit British passport.Also arrested on 20 June was Abdul Azeeza, 57. When officers raided his home address in Missenden, Inville Road, they found him in possession of a fake residence permit, a fake passport as well as some of the paraphernalia – including specially adapted tools for dismantling passports, threads for stitching, paint thinners and laminating equipment – used in the manufacture of fake ID documents. He also had numerous orders for fake documents, some on his phone and some completed on betting slips.Kanaventi was arrested at his home address just over a week later on 28 June. Arrested on the same day, each at their home addresses, were 3 accomplices: Like Adekoya and Steven Kanaventi, Ariyo, Azeeza, Paul Kanaventi, Nkanta and Majawa had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. Ariyo admitted conspiracy to manufacture a fake document and money laundering. Azeeza admitted possessing fake documents and possessing equipment with the intention of making fake documents. Paul Kanaventi admitted money laundering. Nkanta and Majawa both admitted to possessing fake ID documents with improper intention.The full breakdown of the sentences passed today at Woolwich Crown Court are:last_img read more

CSC, halls recycle cans for Worker

first_imgThrough a partnership between the Center for Social Concerns (CSC) and the South Bend Catholic Worker, Notre Dame students will contribute to the local community this school year by recycling aluminum cans. The program, called Miraculous Metals, began this week and will continue as long as students support it, said Michael Hebbeler, director of student leadership at the CSC. There are currently 22 residence halls participating in the Miraculous Metals program, Hebbeler said. Students can collect aluminum cans and drop them in designated boxes in their halls. Catholic Worker staff members, as well as people who receive support from the Worker, will collect the cans and bring them to a local recycling center. The cans will then be exchanged for money, which will support the Worker’s daytime drop-in center, Our Lady of the Road, and the nighttime shelter, the St. Peter Claver House. “There’s a men’s house and women’s house, and they take in the poor and marginalized, so people looking for a home, looking for a roof, looking for community,” Hebbeler said. “The houses open up their doors to those in need, and the people live there.” Most of the proceeds will go to Our Lady of the Road, where people can eat a meal, do their laundry or take a hot shower. The center supports 60 to 130 people each day. The funds raised by the Miraculous Metals program will support the center’s operation as well as building repairs. Hebbeler said these funds are especially helpful in the winter when the St. Peter Claver House provides overnight shelter from cold weather. “They like to keep it small for fellowship and community, and they can take up to 10 men each night,” Hebbeler said. “They provide a roof and bedding and coffee and breakfast in the morning.” Hebbeler also said many Notre Dame students regularly volunteer at the Catholic Worker. He said the visits create “a sense of solidarity of walking together.” “There will be Notre Dame students spending the night with the homeless men as part of weather amnesty,” Hebbeler said. “Some of the money [from the metal collection] may be feeding volunteers. That’s what makes the Worker what it is — this sense of community. Notre Dame has a vital presence in the drop-in center and at the Catholic Worker.” Although the project is just beginning, Hebbeler said the CSC is looking forward to seeing the program’s results. He also hopes more Notre Dame students will become involved with the Catholic Worker. “There’s good enthusiasm from the [residence hall] social concerns commissioners, and we have a great partnership with the Catholic Worker community,” Hebbeler said. “We expect this project to bring more students into the community to see the impact.”last_img read more

To date, more than a million tourist arrivals have been made

first_imgAccording to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic in the commercial and non-commercial segment and nautical charter, more than a million tourist arrivals were realized in Croatia in July, which is 47% of arrivals in the same period last year. According to the Croatian National Tourist Board, more than 7,2 million tourist nights, which is approximately 55% of last year’s result. Out of the total number of arrivals, foreign tourists realized 875.000 arrivals (44% of last year’s result) and 6.2 million overnight stays (53% of last year’s result), while the turnover of domestic tourists is at 80% of last year’s turnover measured by arrivals and 73% of overnight stays. “Almost 550 thousand tourists stay in Croatia on a daily basis these days, of which about 460 thousand are foreign guests”, pointed out the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić and added that during the second half of July, and especially in August, he expects that the number of guests in Croatian destinations will continue to grow. In the period from 1 to 15 July in terms of the absolute number of overnight stays is the leading German market with 86% of last year’s result, followed by Slovenia with 83% and the Czech Republic with 69% of last year’s result in the same period. The destinations with the highest number of overnight stays so far in July are Vir, Rovinj, Medulin, Mali Lošinj and Poreč.last_img read more