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UKBA goes global in investigating sham marriages

The UK Border Agency is going global in its investigations of sham marriages.

 

Only recently, it launched an international investigation involving British and Dutch law enforcement agencies.

In fact, four people have been arrested following the operation by UKBA officers targeting a crime gang suspected of arranging sham marriages between Nigerian and Dutch nationals.

Police and immigration officers from the UKBA criminal and financial investigation team carried out raids on residential addresses in the Romford and Dagenham areas. They were accompanied by detectives from the Dutch police.

At the address in Romford, a man aged 42 was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration and seeking to leave to remain by deception. A woman aged 32 was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration.

At the address in Dagenham, a man aged 39 and a woman aged 30 were also arrested on suspicion of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration.

All four are Nigerian nationals. They are now being questioned by UK Border Agency investigators at a police station in the east London area.

Senior investigating officer Doug Rushworth said: 'The operation is the result of an international investigation involving British and Dutch law enforcement agencies.

'Four people are now in custody, and our enquiries will continue.

'We're committed to tackling sham marriages and we aim to identify the organisers who profit from them and destroy their criminal business.'

 

 

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