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Dursley man faces immigration charges

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 19, 2012

IMMIGRATION officials have charged a Dursley man with forging a passport and a driving licence to get work and a bank account.

The UK Border Agency alleges Abimbola Olusanya, of Oak Drive, worked illegally in Gloucester, earning £100,000 over several years in the UK on a temporary visa.

On Monday, Stroud Magistrates' Court heard Olusanya, 40, is alleged to have worked at Gloucester Docks for Crest Nicholson in May and June this year, while not a UK citizen. In another charge, he is accused of earning £101,721 from working illegally.

Two charges of forgery relate to using a false Nigerian passport at the Halifax building society in Wolverhampton to open a bank account in 2005, and using it to help gain employment with Crest Nicholson.

He is also accused of possessing a driving licence in the name of Dayo Akinola between January 2011 and November 2012 in Gloucester, with the intention of using it to establish personal information.

He faces a similar charge relating to a UK driving licence in the same person's name, in Wolverhampton in November 2007.

"What the charges come down to in essence is that this defendant is accused of having false identification to open a bank account and work in the UK," said Peter Ashby, prosecuting.

Gemma Bond, defending, said Olusanya and his wife have a child.

The court heard Olusanya has not officially entered a plea, and the case was adjourned to Gloucester Crown Court on January 4. Bail was granted.

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