Participate in sham marriage, or arrange for others to stage it — you are in trouble


You are in trouble whether you take part in a sham marriage, or even arrange it for others. The Border force and the Immigration Minister have reiterated that you will be tracked down and brought to justice for your involvement in fake wedding.  


Immigration Minister Damian Green said: 'The UK Border Agency will not tolerate immigration abuse, and we are cracking down on sham marriages all over the country. Those who seek to cheat immigration laws face being put behind bars and deported.

'We have specialist teams of immigration officers and police working to investigate cases just like this to ensure people are not able to benefit from breaking the UK’s immigration laws. Whether you take part in the marriage or arrange for others to stage fake weddings we are determined to track down those involved and bring them to justice.' 

The assertion came after bogus brides and grooms were jailed the previous week for their part in a series of sham marriages across the country.

At Cardiff Crown Court on Wednesday a Pakistani man, Asif Hussain, was sentenced to twelve months and his Hungarian accomplices, 'bride' Elizabet Balogh and female interpreter Valerie Farkas, were sentenced to ten months and six months respectively.

At Burnley Crown Court Polish 'groom' Jozef Badzo and 'bride' Maria Pretcynska were sentenced for their part in sham marriges to Nigerian nationals Mercy Idehen and Lukman Durojaye. Maria received a 16 month sentence and Jozef got 28 months.


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