The not-so-romantic abode of a groom gave him away! It told the cops that the relationship he was sharing with his would-be spouse was not genuine and the marriage between the two was nothing but sham.
Investigators from the UKBA stopped the wedding between Asif Hussain, aged 25, and 33-year-old Hungarian Elizabet Balogh shortly before it was due to take place on 2 August this year.
Under questioning, the pair initially claimed their relationship was genuine and Hussain said they lived together in a flat on Splott Road, Cardiff, using internet translation services to communicate.
But enquiries revealed that there were no signs of the flat being occupied by a woman and that Balogh had spent most of the months leading up to the wedding in Manchester, London and Hungary, only returning to the UK from Budapest on 30 July, just three days before the Cardiff ceremony.
This was revealed by the border force as it declared that a man from Pakistan and two Hungarian women have been jailed after its officers foiled the plot to stage a sham marriage in Cardiff.
At Cardiff Crown Court, Asif Hussain, aged 25, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment having previously pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to facilitate a breach of the UK's immigration laws.
Hussain was in the UK illegally after his student visa expired in February 2011.
He was arrested at Cardiff Register Office as he was about to marry 33-year-old Hungarian Elizabet Balogh. She was jailed for 10 months after admitting the same offence.
Also sentenced was 45-year-old Hungarian Valerie Farkas. She was acting as an interpreter between the would-be bride and groom who did not speak a common language. Farkas was jailed for six months for the same conspiracy offence.
Chris Lovejoy, immigration crime team, UK Border Agency said after the sentencing: 'Asif Hussain saw this sham marriage as a shortcut to a life in the UK. Instead, he has earned himself a significant spell behind bars.
'This case shows how people are prepared to enter into a marriage with someone they barely know to help them cheat the immigration system in exchange for cash.
'The UK Border Agency is cracking down on sham marriages and those who seek to cheat immigration laws face jail.'
Steps will be taken to deport Hussain at the end of his sentence.
The UKBA added: `A sham marriage typically occurs when a non-European national marries someone from the European Economic Area, or the UK, as a means of attempting to gain long-term residency and the right to work and claim benefits in this country.
`The marriage certificate alone does not give foreign nationals the right to live and work in the UK. Their relationship also has to be genuine. If it is not, they face prosecution or deportation.