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'Wonder teacher' from London jailed over bogus courses

Roselle Antoine, who was once honoured with an MBE for her services to education
Antoine was once honoured with an MBE for her services to education

A college principal once lauded as education's "wonder woman" has been jailed for conning overseas students into enrolling for bogus courses.

Roselle Antoine was given an eight-month custodial sentence after luring a number of Jamaicans into signing up for worthless qualifications in the UK.

She was also found guilty of providing immigration services to students when not qualified to do so.

Antoine, 55, from west London, was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court.

Recorder Catherine Newman QC said Antoine "offered them the earth" but gave them "very little to go away with".

'Destroyed lives'

Antoine, from Greenford, whose offences date back to March 2004, promised visas to overseas students if they enrolled at TCS Tutorial College in north west London.

But the courses and qualifications were fake and as a result the students wasted years of study, and some lost £2,500.

In mitigation, her lawyer said the Antoine, who has been honoured with an MBE for her services to education, had put "a lot of energy into the services provided for disadvantaged people".

Speaking after the verdict, one of Antoine's victims, Auvalyn Howell, from north-west London, said: "This woman needs to be taught a lesson. She has destroyed so many peoples lives."

The judge gave the woman three three-month sentences on four counts of knowingly making false statements in relation to the conned students.

One month was removed from the sentence in view of her mitigation.

No further sentences were given for eight counts of providing immigration services when not qualified to do so.

Antoine will serve at least four months in prison and was ordered to pay three victims a total of £3,550 in compensation and court costs of £5,000.

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