A CARE worker who used a false passport to gain employment in the Kirkby area was held in custody for more than 10 weeks.
Bright Osarumwense (40) admitted having a false Belgian passport and fraudulently obtaining work with a company called NHS Professionals.
Nottingham Crown Court was told he entered the country illegally 10 years ago from Nigeria.
But a judge told him: “You clearly worked well and earned your money. Your wife has leave to remain in the country but you do not. It is understandable you wanted to work.
The court was told he has three children, the eldest aged 14.
He had been given a suspended prison term in the past for having a false document in 2007, when he had been asked for proof of entitlement to work.
He had moved from Wigan to Nottinghamshire.
In mitigation, it was said Osarumwense, of Tavistock Drive, Mapperley Park, Nottingham, had progressed through the training levels to become a higher level care support worker.
Judge Joan Butler told him he had spent sufficient time in custody and conditionally discharged him for 12 months.
But he would have to remain in custody for now until the immigration authorities confirmed he did not need to be detained while his immigration status was reviewed.