Two directors of Erith-based security company sent to prison for illegal workers scam
PUBLISHED: 13:38 17 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:38 17 March 2014
The ringleaders of a six million pound scam which exploited illegal workers have been jailed for a total of six years following a Home Office investigation.
An Erith-based security firm Blue Feathers Guarding Ltd used the company as a front for employing illegal workers.
Directors Anthony Okoh and Victor Chiazor were convicted by a jury, following a three month trial, last month.
The pair were sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday March 14.
Okoh was also disqualified as a director for six years.
Contractors using the firm were charged full rates, but Blue Feathers paid their illegal workers £3 an hour, often on 24-hour shifts.
Officers arrested Okoh and Chiazor, along with four other directors. Two were acquitted, while another two will face a retrial.
Officers also arrested Busola Fasida, 52, also of no fixed address, in November 2012, and charged him under the Identity Cards Act 2010.
He pleaded guilty at Bexley Magistrates’ Court and was sentenced to four months imprisonment.
Hannah Shirley, from the Home Office’s immigration enforcement criminal investigations team, said:
“These two men duped contractors out of millions of pounds in illegal working wages and ruthlessly exploited their employees, preying on their immigration status in the UK.