Migrant worker who bought fake passport is jailed at Lincoln Crown Court
A migrant worker who used bogus documents to obtain employment has been jailed for six months at Lincoln Crown Court.
Elvis Idegbekwu legally entered the UK in November 2008 on a two year spouse's visa after marrying a British woman in his native Nigeria.
But after his marriage broke down his Nigerian passport was stolen and he found he was unable to renew his visa.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said Idegbekwu bought a fake French passport in his own name which he used to obtain work at two food processing plants.
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But he was arrested last month after police, acting on a tip-off, raided his home and seized the bogus passport after finding it in a wardrobe.
Idegbekwu, 34, of Ripon Street, Lincoln, admitting possession of a false French passport between April 4 and August 7.
Michael Attenborough, defending, said Idegbekwu found himself in a difficult position as he was told he needed to return to Nigeria to obtain a replacement passport but was unable to travel abroad because he did not have a passport.
He said Idegbekwu has formed a new relationship since the end of his marriage and his current partner has recently given birth to a son.
"He has, aside of this offence, been a force for good in the community and with his family," said Mr Attenborough.