Immigration officer couple ‘tried to sneak Nigerian nanny into Britain so they could employ her for just £300 a month
Natasha Vukic (right), who worked for the UK Border Agency in Nigeria, and her partner James Mooney (left), who worked at the Foreign Office, tried to bring Rose Inah, back to Britain with them as ‘cheap labour’, jurors were told. Vukic, 36, and Mooney, 33, of Coulsdon, Surrey, intended to make Ms Inah work 11 hours a day, five days a week, looking after their three-year-old son, Inner London Crown Court heard.
An immigration officer faked a visa application in an attempt to bring a Nigerian nanny to Britain to work for only £300 a month, a court heard today.
Natasha Vukic, who was working for the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in Nigeria, tried to bring housekeeper Rose Inah back to the UK with her as ‘cheap labour’, jurors were told.
Vukic, 36, and her partner James Mooney, 33, wrongly claimed that Ms Inah had been working for them in Nigeria for a year to ensure that she would qualify for a visa, it is alleged.
In reality, they had only employed the woman for six months, Inner London Crown Court was told.
Vukic and Mooney, who had also worked as an immigration officer but later took up a management position with the Foreign Office in Lagos, both deny a count of assisting unlawful immigration.
They are alleged to have faked Ms Inah’s documents 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.
Prosecutor Riel Karmy-Jones told the jury: ‘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.’
Vukic and Mooney are alleged to have hatched the plan in May 2011 at a secure compound where government staff were posted.
Miss Karmy-Jones said: ‘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.