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Purley man who took bribes at Gatwick Airport facing prison for not repaying cash

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AN AIRPORT official who spent the £1 million proceeds of an immigration visa scam on sports cars and plastic surgery for his wife is facing a fresh stint behind bars.

Guy Emmett, from Purley, was locked up for eight years in 2000 after being convicted of taking bungs while working at Gatwick Airport.

At the time, the 48-year-old was ordered to pay back the cash he made but to date has handed back less than £300,000 of the million-pound haul.

Emmett, of Furze Lane, claimed he had been penniless since his release from jail in 2004 but still managed to splash out on a Lotus supercar and a string of properties.

He also pulled in a £60,000 salary from a job with a commercial vehicle firm and paid for trips to France, where he raced luxury sports cars.

At the Old Bailey on Wednesday, Judge Timothy Pontius ordered Emmett to pay back £1,060,428 – minus the £296,000 he has already coughed up – within six months.

If he fails, he faces another jail term of up to five years.

Emmett ran his scam with lawyer Christian Jideofo for nearly five years. As a trusted immigration service employee he was supposed to detect illegal immigrants and stop them entering the country, but instead rubber-stamped passports for up to 600, allowing them to stay in the UK.

He was paid up to £5,000 for his services, allowing him to amass a fleet of cars including a Porsche Carrera, a TVR and a Lotus Elise.

Some of the cash was even spent on plastic surgery for his wife Elizabeth, who had charges against her dropped during his original trial.

Emmett and Jideofo, from Barnet, were both convicted of conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to facilitate the entry of illegal immigrants.

Jideofo was jailed for six and a half years.

Purley man who took bribes at Gatwick Airport facing prison for not repaying cash


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