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UK Immigration Officers on Trial for Faking Visa Documents to bring their Nigerian Nanny to London Working for £300 Monthly

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A  former employee of the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in Nigeria, Natasha Vukic and her partner, James Mooney are currently standing trial for faking a visa application to bring their Nigerian nanny to Britain to work for £300 a month.

Natasha and her partner, James who worked as an immigration officer but later took up a management position with the Foreign Office in Lagos have a three year old son and were living in Lagos as at 2011. However, Natasha had obtained a transfer back to the UK to take up a post in the UKBA’s Criminal and Financial Investigations Unit, based in Croydon and planned to take her son with her.

The prosecutor, Riel Karmy-Jones told the jury  at the Inner London Crown Court that she was considering the cost of childcare in the UK. “She planned to take her young son with her. No doubt on her mind was childcare, and specifically the cost of childcare in London was something that she and James Mooney had to consider,” Daily Mail reported.

They therefore hit upon a plan that their Nigerian nanny and maid, Rose, would be the ideal candidate to continue to look after their son when Natasha worked in London. Natasha was then said to have filled out a visa application form on their maid’s behalf.

They are alleged to have faked Rose’s documents claiming she had worked for them for a year in Nigeria so they could bring her to their home in Coulsdon, South London, where she would have worked 11 hours a day, five days a week, looking after their three year-old son for just £300 a month. But in actual fact, Rose had only worked for them for six months.

The maid was actually granted the vias for 11 months. However, James was said to have asked for it to be reissued for the full year requested. It was at this point that it attracted the attention of issuing officer Lindsey Moore, who knew the couple and recalled visiting their flat in the autumn of 2010 before a night out. Further investigations revealed that the couple’s previous maid named Georgina was sacked a few months before Christmas 2010 after being accused of stealing around £4. Meanwhile, the couple claimed Rose had worked for them since May 2010 when she actually started working for them in November 2010.

The prosecutor described their action as greedy. “The motive is one of greed. Had they succeeded, had Rose come to the UK for a period of a year, she would have worked for what can only be described as a pittance.”

“Their role in this offence is all the more culpable and serious because of what they do, for Natasha Vukic and James Mooney have both considered and approved and refused the applications made by others. They have, in effect, stood in judgement over others for the very same offence they have now committed.”

Isn’t it interesting that it’s not only Nigerians who try to take their domestic help to foreign countries to continue working for them for paltry salaries?

Photo Credit: Daily Mail UK

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

22 Comments

  1. praise

    October 16, 2012 at 10:06 am

    And these were visa officers oh.

    • Khloma

      October 16, 2012 at 12:15 pm

      Good for them! see greed o! they want to enslave a vulnerable nanny to work for them for an amount less than half an average nanny stands to be paid in the UK. In the UK, nannies are paid nothing less than £800 a momth, talkless of in London where costs of things are overtly on the high side. and ofcourse working for oyinbo is different as she has to meet and exceed expectations. She’l be up on her toes performing at her optimum best…. a far cry from working for a naija family where go dey do anyhow.

      lol! what a pity! our naija people sha. If to say na me tell am say make I dey pay am that same amount or even slightly higher to take care of my baby abroad. She go gree?? of course she’l begin to haggle price.

  2. choclate

    October 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Lol!

  3. Slim

    October 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I wish ds people realize how much lies applicants lie to them and they grant as much as indefinite visa…..

    • Aminat

      October 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      My dear,indefinite visa sef is even long thing.I beleive immigrations people generally like fables!Especially the US Embassy,as smart as they think they are,they have become specialists at giving visas to people who are able to lie with serious expertise.The joke is on all of them,LMAO!

      As for the Nanny,if i ask her to come and take care of my child in this same Lagos,she will start to demand heaven and earth…very long hiss.

    • Xi

      October 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

      they were going to pay her approximately 75 thousand naira. you for gree pay her that amount?

  4. Hadassah

    October 16, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Shame

  5. Raphael O Adim

    October 16, 2012 at 10:55 am

    This is unfair,this couple have learnt the Nigerian way. Alas,it is allowed in Britain

  6. Idak

    October 16, 2012 at 11:24 am

    This was one of the reasons the Australian high commission stopped issuing visas in Naija. No matter how often they changed the visa officers, Nigerians found a way of corrupting them.

  7. Ginika

    October 16, 2012 at 11:31 am

    that friend is a snitch!!!!

    Tell me why the bad belle?! lol.

  8. Let them say

    October 16, 2012 at 11:32 am

    They’ve learnt the way o!

  9. Usaveone

    October 16, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Oh! Case of bad market..

    http://usaveone.blogspot.com

  10. BabyT

    October 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    seriously, i don’t understand people here saying they have learn the Nigerian way. what do you mean? Are they not human being who could also go wrong. And with their kind of work and position, how many times do they relate with citizens of Nigeria aside from going to gathering with people of their class. Please they are just as bad and selfish as they are.

  11. Whoa

    October 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

  12. Turn turn turner

    October 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Kai! Rose will be cursing that aproko issuing officer o…lol

  13. Mujer Casada

    October 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I am actually concerned that a brit can readily apply for a Nigerian nanny whereas well eaning nigerians cannot easily take their nannies on travel without much ado. If we are not allowed to take our nannies on travel or if Nigerians are not allowed to be legit au pairs like folks from many countries, nobody including foreigners should be allowed to hire Nigerian nannies. Just saying.

  14. Cynthia

    October 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    After they would say Nigerians are this Nigerians are that, mtsweeeeeeeeeewwwwww.greed has no cultural restrain.nonsense. The human mind is naturally greedy.

  15. kaysgurl

    October 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

  16. Mz Socially Awkward...

    October 16, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Chei, but Rose the Nanny go vex ehn… she’s more than certainly blaming her “enemies” for this UK move not going through…

  17. Belle

    October 17, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Kai! this british governemnt have put sand-sand inside this maid’s garri. imagine how estatic she felt going to live in London – free accomodation, free food, and some pocket money. She would have felt on top of the world and even boasted to here friends. cos no matter how you look at it, she was going to live a better life than she would have in 9ja. she will be cursing those busy-body investigators now

    • Temi

      November 20, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      I agree with you

      £300 a month is a hell of a lot more that she would have been earning in Lagos

  18. Steven Cahill

    March 12, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Wow, that is brilliant. Though to be honest I think the nanny probably enjoyed this deal. Yeah it is only £300 a month but she is a live in nanny. Lets remember accommodation and lots of perks were included.

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