Lincolnshire footballer jailed over deception

A Lincolnshire semi-professional footballer who used a relative's identity to enter the UK illegally has been jailed for 11 months.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Romanian Lorand Borbely took the identity of Hungarian Laszlo Lovas when he came to the UK in 2004.

The 29-year-old, of Green Road, Fishtoft, admitted a total of 13 immigration and deception offences.

He played for Boston Town in the United Counties League under his false name.

'Life of lies'

Simon Rowe, prosecuting, told the court that, as a Romanian national, Borbely would not have been allowed to work in the UK, as the country was not a full EU member at that stage.

"At that point Hungary was not a full member but was going through the application process so the defendant would have known it was going to become a full member, which it did," Mr Rowe said.

He told the court Borbely used the identity to fraudulently obtain mortgages and car finance totalling £540,998.53 but bank records showed his payments were up-to-date, and none of the lenders had "lost out".

In sentencing, Recorder Nirmal Shant, said: "You had your photograph inserted on a passport, using a Hungarian passport of someone that you knew

"You must have known as you came in [to the UK] that anything you did thereafter was going to be a life of lies and that is what it has been.

"Anybody who comes into this country unlawfully in this way commits a serious offence."

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