08 July 2010

Four jailed for UK marriage visa scam

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A UK Border Agency (UKBA) investigation has resulted in four people being jailed for their part in a sham marriage scam involving Nigerian and Dutch nationals.

UK Marriage Visa

Four people have been jailed for conspiring to breach immigration laws to obtain a UK Marriage Visa.

Three Nigerians, Adeolu Eletu, 29,  Sylvernus Ogungbade, 36, and Helen Omoboye, 33,  pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Crourt to conspiring to breach immigration laws to obtain a UK Marriage Visa.
Eletu and Omoboye also pleaded guilty to perjury. Eletu was sentenced for two years and eight months, Omoboye 18 months, and Ogungbade one year and eight months.

Daniloush Solano, a 21-year-old Dutch woman, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to breach the UK immigration laws and perjury at an earlier hearing on June 10. She was sentenced to 12 months.

UK Immigration officers identified the suspicious travel patterns of passengers flying in and out of Luton Airport and Stansted Airport with tickets purchased by Adeolu Eletu.

Daniloush Solano, a 21-year-old Dutch woman, was arrested in February at Luton Airport as she attempted to board a flight to Amsterdam.  Earlier that day Solano had married Eletu at a church in Wood Green, London. She was paid 1,500 euros for her role.

Eletu and his girlfriend Helen Omoboye, who was also to participate in a sham marriage later that month, were arrested.

Sylvernus Ogungbade was also arrested after officers established that Solano had caught her taxi to Luton Airport from his home in Edgware. Ogungbade, who was living alone, had recently applied for a UK Marriage Visa after his marriage to a Dutch woman.

The Dutch woman is still wanted by the UKBA.

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