Men used false ID to get care home jobs in Rugby

Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa
Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa
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Two members of staff who got their jobs at a large Rugby care home using false identity documents have both been jailed.

Justice Osazee and Joseph Maduka pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to separate charges of possessing false identity documents with improper intention.

Osazee, 30, and Maduka, 27, who live at the same address in Bridget Street, Rugby, were both jailed for six months.

Prosecutor Philip Brunt said the two Nigerian nationals were both working through Fosse Care as carers at Drovers House Care Home in Rugby.

The £5.2m home, specialising in dementia care, had only opened in October last year on the site of the former cattle market in the town, with beds for up to 75 residents.

Earlier this year the Disclosure and Banning Service was asked to conduct a check on someone called David Seglie – the name on the French passport Osazee had used to get his job.

It became apparent that the passport was not a genuine document, so the police went to the care home where they spoke to him.

Officers then carried out a further investigation which led them to the multi-occupancy address in Bridget Street where they found a false Dutch identity card which had been used by Maduka to get his job at the home.

Both men, who were of previous good character, were arrested and gave full accounts of how they had obtained the fake documents in order to find work, added Mr Brunt.

Jonathan Veasey-Pugh, for Osazee, said there had been no determination on his possible deportation because he has married a woman who lives in Coventry.

Mr Veasey-Pugh pointed out that in 2000 Osazee’s father was killed by his uncle as part of a family dispute - and he says his sister has also been killed, and he is fearful of returning to Nigeria.

Michael Coyle, for Maduka, said he was working at his brother’s shop in Nigeria when he was contacted by Osazee, as a result of which he came to the UK on a legitimate visitor’s visa.

But he then remained here and, using the false ID, got a job at Drovers House where he was very well thought of by his employers and by the elderly residents.

Mr Coyle added that Maduka, who had been educated to degree level, will be deported at the end of his sentence.

Jailing the two men, Recorder Mark Wall QC told them; “I bear in mind you are young men of previous good character who were genuinely working.

“But every country and every employer is entitled to expect that the documents presented to them are genuine. This demands an immediate custodial sentence.”