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False identity to remain in UK and obtain services by deception can lead you into trouble, warns UKBA

Using a false identity to remain in the UK and obtain services by deception can lead you into serious trouble, the UK Border Agency has warned.

The border force has asserted: 'Using a false identity to remain in the UK and obtain services by deception are serious offences and anyone who does so can expect arrest, jail and removal from the country.'

The stern warning came after a Pakistani man, who used a fake identity to claim asylum and benefits has today been jailed following an investigation.

The UKBA said: `Shahzad Akhter, 27, was tracked down by officers at his home address of Fir Grove, Manchester, after they established he had fraudulently used a false identity.

`Akhher was initially issued with a student visa in 2003 and was granted further leave to remain in the UK in 2006. In July 2007 he sought asylum in Liverpool under the false identity of Inayat Shah.

`He was arrested on 17 June 2011 and originally pleaded not guilty to obtaining leave to remain by deception, fraud and identity act offences.

`However he subsequently changed his plea at Manchester Crown Court and today was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment. Following his sentence Mr Akhter will be removed to Pakistan.

Dave Magrath, head of UK Border Agency north west criminal financial investigation team, added: 'I welcome the prison term handed down in this case, and I hope it will act as a deterrent to others who think they can cheat the system….

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