Constitutes teams of specialist officers
19th February 2010: ‘The UK Border Agency has constituted teams of specialist officers to investigate and track down offenders using fake identity documents.
The assertion came after an Albanian criminal, living illegally in Bristol for 10 years by claiming to be Italian, was jailed after an investigation.
Klod Bilo was sentenced to 18 months in prison by Judge Lambert at Bristol Crown Court on Friday 12 February after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to perverting the course of justice.
Bilo first entered the UK in 1999 and claimed asylum. Instead of leaving the UK when his claim was rejected, he disappeared and subsequently acquired a fake Italian identity – that of ‘Alfredo Chiesa’.
Bilo went on to commit a string of offences from 2005 to 2008 in the Bristol area, including drink driving, assault and possessing a fake passport and driving licence, but was dealt with in the courts as if he was Italian.
It was added the formation of a specialist immigration crime team in Portishead – made up of immigration and police officers working for the UKBA – led to an investigation into ‘Chiesa’s’ true identity, beginning in 2009.
Enquiries with Interpol, the Italian and Albanian authorities revealed ‘Chiesa’ to be Bilo.
DC Steve Magee, immigration crime team, UK Border Agency said: ‘Bilo is a serious criminal who has benefited from the privileges of life in the UK by pretending to be someone else.
‘This conviction shows how seriously we take offenders who use fake identity documents to try to flout the UK’s immigration laws and cause harm within our communities.
‘We now have teams of specialist officers working to investigate exactly this kind of crime. This is another example of their success.’