A Zimbabwean national who had no right to work in the UK worked at a care home using another person's name for at least three years. 

Vuyolwethu Ntandani was employed at Fryers House Care Home in Romsey from August 2019 using the name and details of somebody else. 

Southampton Crown Court heard how a work profile was set up in another man's name because Ntandani did not have a Visa to work in the UK at that time. 

Once employed Ntandani would continue to pose as this other man, completing training and working for at least three years at the care home. 

All earnings were then transferred into the bank account of the man he was posing as, with 80 per cent then sent on to Ntandani's separate bank account. 

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The man whose name was used for the fraud never even attended the care home.

The 42-year-old of Regents Park Road, Southampton, pleaded guilty to a single count of fraud in relation to £1,402 that he gained from the deceit during the indictment period. 

Prosecutor, Ed Warren said however that the total he earned during the period of at least three years he worked there was in excess of £76,000, though this does not form part of the charge he was convicted of. 

He added that although the gain from the offence was "relatively minor", Ntandani "did agree to go along with it and has benefitted from it". 

"There was a risk of high harm on the basis that the employers were unable to carry out any proper background checks of the defendant owing to his proper identity being concealed."

Ntandani arrived in the UK in 2017 and had a Visa up until 2018 when it expired. 

He has since obtained the right to work in the UK in 2022 and is now working in the care sector again. 

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Mitigating, Simon Walters said his client is "regretful and remorseful" and has "reflected on the circumstances that led to him committing this offence in the first place".

"He made a foolish decision to embark on the employment set up in [the other man's] name when he had no right to work in the UK.

"He is working in a care home in Southampton in his own name with proper DBS checks having been undertaken."

He said that the manager at Fryer's House described Ntandani as a "conscientious and hard-working employee" adding that he had now found family, accommodation and new employment in the UK. 

Ntandani was given a six-month sentence suspended for two years with 200 hours of unpaid work. 

Judge Peter Henry said this was a "serious fraud by pretending to be somebody else".