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Published:August 25th, 2007 04:59 EST
In the U.K., Corrupt civil servant convicted

In the U.K., Corrupt civil servant convicted

By SOP newswire

Corrupt civil servant Charles Myton has today been found guilty of seven counts of forgery, after knowingly countersigning seven fraudulent passport applications.

Myton's conviction follows that of another former civil servant, Valentina Costley, 43 who was sentenced on Thursday 2 August to two-years' and two-months' imprisonment, for falsely completing and countersigning 12 fraudulent passport applications.

During June 2003, an application was received by the Immigration & Passport Service for a first time UK passport in the surname of 'Driscoll'.

The application had been countersigned by Myton, who claimed to have known Driscoll as a friend. As a result a ten-year British passport was issued.

Myton's corrupt practice continued in a similar fashion, countersigning six more applications as a 'friend' until October 2003.

Both Charles Myton and Valentina Costley worked as civil servants and abused their position by countersigning fraudulent passport applications. They both, independently to one another, gave details of strangers wanting a passport for illegal purposes and then countersigned them. In Costley's case, she often filled out the entire application, but they both claimed to have known them personally for over three years. Costley charged up to £3,000 per application.
Detective Chief Inspector John Kielty, head of Operation Maxim , said:

"In both cases of Charles Myton and Valentina Costley, no regard was given to the criminal background of those being issued with a passport."

"Valentina Costley's actions assisted people who in some cases went on to commit serious crime while they were in the UK."

"Maxim will vigorously pursue those engaged in this type of criminal activity."