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CPS charging announcement: Former cleaner charged

27/11/2009

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today authorised the UK Border Agency to charge Otolose Loloahi Tapui with possession of a false identity document (passport), fraud by false representation and overstaying leave to remain in the UK.

Simon Clements, Head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said:

"Following an investigation by the UK Border Agency, I received a file of evidence on 9 November. I have decided there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute these offences."

Ms Tapui was charged today after answering police bail. She is due to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on 7 December.

Alexander Zivancevic, Ms Tapui's husband, has accepted a caution for assisting unlawful immigration. The CPS is not considering any further charges against him.

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  1. Media enquiries by email: CPS Press Office or by phone: 020 7710 8127, Out of hours pager: 07699 781926.
  2. Possession of a false identify document is an offence under Section 25 (5) of the Identity Cards Act 2006 and carries a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment if convicted in the Crown Court and up to six months and/or a fine of £5,000 if convicted in the magistrates' court.
  3. Fraud by false representation is an offence under Section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 and carries a maximum sentence of ten years imprisonment and/or a fine if convicted at the Crown Court and of one year imprisonment and/or a £5,000 if convicted in the magistrates' court.
  4. Overstaying leave to remain is an offence under Section 24 (1) of the Immigration Act 1971. It is a summary offence that carries a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment and/or a fine of no more than £5,000.
  5. Assisting unlawful immigration is an offence under Section 25 of the Immigration Act 1971.
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