Monday, June 02, 2008

Crime pays for immigrant fraudster

An immigrant fraudster who conned British taypayers out of more than a million pounds has been ordered to pay back just a tiny fraction of his criminal earnings.

Pakistani-born Nawaz Sharif, of Wexham Road, Slough, ‘milked his adopted country’ and lived a life of luxury with multiple homes in England and a large mansion in his native country, a court heard.

A judge branded him ‘exceedingly dishonest’ and ruled that he had benefited from his crimes to the tune of £1.1m.

But after a two-and-a-half day hearing in which Sharif denied owning a portfolio of properties and luxury cars – and accused the prosecution of ‘double counting’ his money – the judge conceded that his realisable assets were only £116,341.08.

Sharif, who was jailed for five years in 2006 and is due to be released today (Friday), has been given six months to pay the amount or be sent to prison for two years.

He was jailed for 5 years but he has only served two. How is that justice when the taxpayer is only getting a fraction of the money back?

Of course this isn’t the first time that foreigners have got off easily. In September last year African asylum seekers conned the country out of hundreds of thousands of pounds and bought a hotel back in their home country. When they get released they will have a hotel built for them in their home country.

In this country criminals can get away with anything because crime pays in Britain.

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