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Baroness Scotland's former housekeeper jailed

Loloahi Tapui
Loloahi Tapui knew she should have left the UK in February 2005

The ex-housekeeper of former attorney general Baroness Scotland has been jailed for eight months.

Loloahi Tapui, who had overstayed her student visa by four years, duped former Baroness Scotland into hiring her as her housekeeper.

The Tongan was found guilty of fraud at Southwark Crown Court, in London.

Tapui, 27, was sentenced to four months for fraud, four months for possessing a false identity stamp, and concurrently one month for overstaying her visa.

In addition to this, she was also ordered to pay £1,600 prosecution costs and defence costs which are still to be calculated.

But the Tongan, who was paid £6 an hour, was cleared by the jury of possessing false identity documents with intent after a four-day trial.

Tapui, who knew she should have left the UK in February 2005, told a series of lies and convinced the former attorney general to welcome her into her Chiswick home, in west London, as part of her family in January last year.

Lady Scotland, who was fined £5,000 for failing to take copies of the documents her former housekeeper claimed showed she was entitled to work in the UK, told the court she "bitterly regrets" her mistake.



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