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Restaurant worker who was using fake ID is jailed

31 October 2012

A RAID on the Shilam Indian restaurant in Aberystwyth by immigration officers identified a Bangladeshi employee pretending to be another man.

Mohamed Rashid, 29, produced a British provisional driving licence in the name of Jabed Miah. But the officers took fingerprints which revealed his true name and that his student visa had expired in 2011.

Further investigation revealed he had a Bangladeshi passport in the name of Jabed Miah. Rashid, of 2 St David’s Place, Aberystwyth, admitted possessing an false identity document - the passport - with improper intent.

He also admitted an offence of fraud by presenting the passport to Santander bank and opening an account in the name of Jabed Miah. Brian Simpson, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that Rashid had entered the country in 2009 as a student, using his real name.

But he failed to return home two years later.

On 12 December last year immigration officers raided the Shilam restaurant at Station Buildings in Alexander Road and identified Rashid as an “overstayer.”

Mr Simpson said that after his arrest Rashid told police that he had been involved in politics in Bangladesh and that threats had been made to members of his family and that while he was in the UK three of his friends in Bangladesh had vanished.

He said he paid £1,000 for a passport in a different name.


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