IMMIGRATION FACILITATOR FROM UKRAINE JAILED FOR 8 AND HALF YEARS

06.03.13


UK in Ukraine. The head of an organised crime group who facilitated the entry of Ukrainian illegal immigrants into the UK by private yachts and scheduled flights has been sentenced to eight and a half years.

Andrey Kytz, aged 38, a Ukrainian national from Kyiv, organised the arrival of at least 40 illegal immigrants. They were brought in via yachts which landed at southern UK ports or by providing them with false documentation for flights into Gatwick Airport from Spain and Gibraltar.

Kytz, who was arrested in November 2012 following an international investigation led by SOCA, pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court to conspiracy to facilitate breaches of Immigration Law.
 
During sentencing, Judge Philip Statman told Kytz: “This was a premier league sophisticated enterprise which existed for one reason, commercial gain. You were a principal, not a lieutenant in this venture.”
 
Kytz had been convicted of people smuggling in Miami in 2005 and served nine months in jail under the name Andrey Kuts. On release, he was deported to Ukraine. He then changed his name to Andrey Kytz, applied for a new passport and falsely obtained a UK Visa. This enabled him to set up a smuggling operation between the two countries.
 
Work is still ongoing to locate members of the crime group based in Ukraine. The investigation was conducted by SOCA UK in partnership with Ukrainian Law Enforcement, Belgian Police, French Police and Customs, Canadian and US law enforcement agencies, Guernsey Border Agency and the UK Border Agency.



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