Owing to the fact that this was a relatively low level fraud / theft, we were unable to do much in terms of sentencing. The proverbial slapped wrist.
As usual, but with little prospect of action, we recommended deportation to the Home Secretary, this being recorded on their files.
However, once they had left the Court room, a woman in the public gallery stood up and introduced herself as an investigations officer with the UK Border Agency.
She then said that our recommendation had been noted and to be assured that they were all being arrested on the steps of the Court with a view to deportation and that the paperwork was at an advanced stage.
She was the senior case officer and was confident that the Romanians concerned would be on an aeroplane by the weekend.
Sometimes, somebody listens