Immigrants face credit card fraud charges

TWO Chinese men refused bail on credit card fraud charges following an incident at a Waterside electrical retailer last month are failed asylum seekers, it has emerged

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Appearing via videolink from Maghaberry, Liang He (29) of no fixed address, admitted fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, possessing credit cards for use in a fraud and obstructing a police officer. Sun Min Wang (28) also of no fixed abode, denies conspiracy to commit fraud and possessing credit cards for use in a fraud.

Londonderry Magistrate's Court was told the two men were detained by staff at the Laser Electrical Store in Lisnagelvin on suspicion of using fraudulent credit cards.

A police officer told the court that he was opposed to a bail application and the Home Office and Immigration Agency were seeking to have the two men returned to China.

"Both are failed asylum seekers who have absconded previously and failed to adhere to bail conditions set by the Home Office. As a result of this Immigration Agency officials have issued Home Office detention warrants regarding their asylum applications," he said.

"Sun Min Wang entered the UK in 2000 and subsequently disappeared, failing to adhere to Home Office bail conditions pending his asylum application. Liang He entered the UK in 2000 and provided false details. He made a renewed asylum application under the name Zhang

Liang in 2003 and again disappeared."

Refusing bail, the residing magistrate said both defendants have a history of not turning up and of disappearing for years into the underground. They will appear again before the court on June 12.