Ms Harvinder Kaur Thethi who has been accused of six accounts of false representation as a legal professional was found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison earlier this month. The 46-year-old is a local of Old Hall Gardens, Solihull in the West Midlands area. Thethi was found to be posing as a barrister, solicitor, and even a Home Office Official to members of the public and intervening in applications of immigration into the UK.
The associated offences occurred between the 1st of June 2013 and 8th of September 2014 in the London Borough of Hounslow. Thethi obtained a total of £68,000 from running scams which targeted vulnerable people in the locality. She collected payment for her alleged services relating to immigration, none of which were actually delivered to her clients. Thethi, who is completely unqualified and not a practising lawyer, presented herself to the victims as a family friend and was even treated as one of their own close relatives.
His honour Judge-Loraine Smith who oversaw the case sentenced Thethi to 5 years imprisonment following a hearing on Thursday the 6th of September 2018. The judge released the following statement to Thethi on the same day: “You decided to embark on a fantasy life when you claimed to be a successful lawyer earning a large income… People whose immigration status is precarious are very, very vulnerable… they could be convinced to part with large sums of money they could ill afford.”
The case was investigated by the Scotland Yard police department, professional immigration professionals and the Office of the Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC), which monitors immigration advisors and ensures their practices are legal and proper. Judge-Loraine Smith also stated that: “the investigation was thorough, fair, and – it is clear from the Victim Personal Statements – kind. I commend both officers in this case.”
Commissioner of the OISC said: “Securing the conviction of Ms Thethi is an excellent example of collaborative working by agencies operating within the immigration environment… I am delighted with the outcome of this case, and I hope it sends a clear deterrent message to anyone considering acting similarly.”