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Bogus college prosecution

A head teacher once hailed a ‘wonder woman’ on national tv has been found guilty of conning students into taking courses leading to worthless qualifications, and for providing illegal immigration services.

Roselle Antoine MBE could now face jail for her six-year scam that cost Jamaican students thousands of pounds, after a successful prosecution jointly carried out by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards and the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner at Southwark Crown Court.

Ms Antoine, who was awarded her MBE for services to education, claimed that the qualifications she offered at TCS Tutorial College were for nationally recognised NVQ courses.  She also illegally helped the students apply for student visas so they could carry on paying expensive tuition fees for the bogus courses. Her victims shelled out annual fees of between £850 and £1,350.

Bill Bilon, director of trading standards at Brent and Harrow, said:  ‘Such colleges do a disservice by bringing the education system in this country into disrepute and undermining the credibility of the qualifications that legitimate colleges offer.’

The Judge, Miss Recorder Catherine Newman, QC, is due to pass sentence on the disgraced principal on April 30.