College con don changes plea
A college principal who admitted pocketing thousands of pounds helping foreign students get visas with fake qualifications asked a judge if she could change her pleas. Dr Roselle Antoine MBE, 53, of Greenford, lured victims with promises of NVQs in the si
A college principal who admitted pocketing thousands of pounds helping foreign students get visas with fake qualifications asked a judge if she could change her pleas.
Dr Roselle Antoine MBE, 53, of Greenford, lured victims with promises of NVQs in the six-year con.
Antoine's racket, which took place while principle of TCS Tutorial College, first at Honey Pot Lane, Kingsbury and later in Kenton, enabled West Indians to stay in the country while studying for her expensive but bogus certificates, it is said.
Southwark Crown Court heard Antoine provided immigration services 'when she wasn't registered or permitted to do so'.
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Prosecutor Ben Lloyd said she allowed students to study at her college for as long as possible in order to pocket their �1,000 fees.
The victims believed they were gaining 'genuine qualifications' when in fact the college was not even registered with relevant exam boards of academic bodies.
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The con came to light following complaints by up to four students, including one from Wembley, and a trading standards officer made a 'test purchase' of an NVQ.
Antoine, who is said to have illegally filled out their visa applications, also gave immigration advice to nine students.
The education leader was due to stand trial in November last year but pleaded guilty to a string of offences.
Antoine faced sentence today in January but now claims she has evidence proving her innocence.
Antoine, had admitted five counts of making a false statement and nine counts of providing immigration services when not qualified, between September 1 2004 and January 26, last year.
It is not yet known whether she will be allowed to change her pleas.
Antoine was bailed to return to court on February 17.