August 3rd, 2007 09:37 EST
Former civil servant jailed in The U.K.
Valentina Costley, a former civil servant, has been jailed for two years and two months having pleaded guilty to falsely completing and countersigning 12 fraudulent passport applications.
She also pleaded guilty to two further counts of facilitating the illegal entry of illegal immigrants into the UK. Twelve further cases lay on file.
The conviction follows an 18-month investigation by the Met's Operations Maxim and Trident, the Identity and Passport Service, Border and Immigration Agency and other government agencies and international partners.
The recipients of the fraudulent passports were predominantly sold to Jamaican nationals wishing to enter the UK illegally or enter the USA fraudulently.
Several fraudulent passports belonged to men and women who went on to commit further crime including as a getaway driver in a drugs robbery and drug dealers.
Detective Chief Inspector John Kielty, Operation Maxim, said:
"This case clearly demonstrates the far reaching consequences of unlawfully signing passport applications. Costley's actions assisted people who in some cases went on to commit serious crime in the UK or held a criminal record."