Commission investigates fake papers allegation

Mathew Little

The BBC is to pass evidence to the Charity Commission that a charity chief executive has helped asylum seekers to get fake passports.

Comfort Afolabi, head of the Detainee Support and Help Unit, allegedly helped an undercover reporter from Radio Five Live to obtain fake immigration documents. She denies the allegation.

The Charity Commission has opened an 'evaluation' of the charity, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. When the watchdog receives the BBC tapes, it will decide whether to launch a formal inquiry. The commission has the power to freeze the charity's bank accounts, remove trustees or close it down altogether.

According to the BBC, Afolabi referred a reporter posing as an asylum seeker from Zimbabwe to a contact offering to sell him a fake passport and national insurance number. She also offered to help find him work.

The Detainee Support and Help Unit offers free advice to people held in immigration detention centres. The Big Lottery Fund has also launched an investigation.

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