Immigration Officer Guilty Of Bribery

An immigration officer who abused his position in attempting to sell a seized passport has been sentenced to 3 years in prison. On 11 October 2007 Carew arranged to meet the passport holder at Blackheath BR station where, under surveillance, he was seen taking £500 in cash from the passport holder. Shortly afterwards he was arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office. He was subsequently charged with corruption on 8 January.

Investigating Officer DI Nick Joyce said: "Babs Carew actively sought the bribe by approaching the passport holder and offering to return the seized passport to him for a fee.
"I am pleased that, with the support of the Immigration Service, this investigation has stopped the activities of a corrupt official who sought to make money by abusing his position.

"The Anti-corruption Team will investigate any allegations of misconduct, whether by police officers or others who abuse their position in a public office and I hope this operation and the subsequent conviction sends a clear message that corrupt activity will not be tolerated."