A court case last week revealed that Nigerian, Modupeola Fatoyinbo was employed illegally at the Houses of Parliament. She was originally employed as a casual catering assistant but was later offered a permanent position at which point she produced a counterfeit passport as proof of identity.
Peter Zinner, prosecuting, stated: “To gain access to the relevant department, she had been issued with a visitor’s pass, and she would be met by a member of catering staff, who would escort her to the department. The result of this was that she was working in a secure area without being security checked.”
With regards to the passport, he said: “It was found to be a false, counterfeit document, containing a counterfeit Home Office leave to remain in the UK and permission to do work.” Ms Fatoyinbo admitted that she had paid £170 for the passport.
As he jailed her for four months, Judge Andrew Goymer stated: “These are serious offences, which undermine confidence in the management and identity control systems of this country. People must expect to go to prison for such offences. I bear in mind that you are of previous good character, and have two young children. I have also been told that you pose no security or terrorist threat and as far as I’m aware, you did not present a security risk to the Palace of Westminster.”
The judge made no recommendations regarding deportation as Ms Fatoyinbo is seeking asylum for her and her daughters.