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Cleaner at Luton factory jailed over fake passport

A Nigerian woman who worked illegally in a commercial van plant in Luton has been jailed for six months.

UK Border Agency officers raided Juliet Okoroafor's locker at IBC vehicles, where she worked as a cleaner, on 6 January, Luton Crown Court heard.

She pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing false passports and two of possessing fake Home Office letters.

Some documents were found at the factory and others at the 36-year-old's home in Belmont Road, Luton.

'Unglamorous job'

Claudette Elliott, prosecuting, said a fake passport in her name, a second in the name of another Nigerian woman and a letter to show she was legally entitled to work were found.

Steven Garratt, defending, said she had been in the UK since 2003 and was now married to a man with full EU citizenship.

"She used the documents to get work in an unglamorous job. She was not living a lavish life. The thought of custody frightens her greatly," he said.

Judge Michael Kay QC said her immigration status would have to be decided later by the Home Office.

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