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Asians duped by illegal immigration fixer

Many clients paid Jack Plancey as much as #7,000 in cash upfront for helping obtain visas and permits.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2006 19:48 IST

In what can be seen as yet another immigration related fraud case, an illegal immigration fixer Jack Plancey owes thousands of pounds to his clients.

He is known to have sold his home in Glasgow for £200,000.

Many clients paid Plancey as much as £7,000 in cash upfront for helping obtain visas and permits. They claim they are owed thousands of pounds in refunds.

Some of their cases ended in deportation and when they demanded their money back, the cheques bounced.

Now clients are seeking their refunds. Zhau Qun Qin, a student is among those owed money. She paid Plancey £2,500 for a work permit she never got and when she asked for a refund he gave her a cheque which bounced.

When questioned by a Glasgow newspaper which exposed the illegal activities, Plancey promised to pay the student but has now refused to hand over the money.

Zhau said, "He's obviously got money if he's sold his house. Why does he not just pay people who are sitting with bounced cheques? He is just going to fold his business and they won't get a penny."

Indian care worker Anil Thomas, 33, of Dunfermline, is also seeking £5,500 after asking Plancey to bring his sister to the UK as a nurse. He said, "Plancey told me it would be better if I could find 10 people who wanted to come here. I got five people in India who sent me £1,000 each. He even sent a car to Dunfermline to get the money from me. He did nothing and I had to pay them all back."

Plancey's registration with the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) ran out in July after they were deluged with complaints against him. But victims have also hit out at the OISC for failing to close him down. Many who filed complaints about him months ago were stunned when the OISC closed their cases after Plancey failed to co-operate with them.

Glasgow MP Mohammad Sarwar has said he would demand an explanation for the lack of action in a Commons question.

First Published: Jan 07, 2006 19:48 IST