Police have issued an alert after an interpreter who worked in the justice system for 16 years was found to be in the pay of a drugs gang.
Kim Tran, 49, was exposed as she helped detectives after the arrest of a Vietnamese gang last year.
Following a seven – day trial at Burnley Crown Court, Kim Tran a court-appointed translator, was convicted of conspiring to produce a forged birth certificate which was handed to HHJ Beverley Lunt at a hearing at Preston Crown Court in April 2018.
A man has gone missing after being released from court because an interpreter could not be found.
The business secretary has been urged by a voluntary regulator for interpreters to take action over 'Wild West' conditions that have resulted in courts struggling to find suitably qualified linguists.
The National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) raised concerns with Andrea Leadsom after Bolton-based Debonair Languages ceased operations last month. It was a subcontractor for Leeds-headquartered thebigword, which was awarded a Ministry of Justice contract in 2016.