A man and a woman have been jailed for three years for attempting to circumvent UK immigration rules.
14 December 2010
Sham marriage UK immigration offenders jailed for three years
A Czech bride and Nigerian groom have been jailed for their part in a sham marriage to beat UK immigration rules.
The couple was arrested by UK Border officers after information was discovered that Pokosova was paid £3,000 to marry Komolafe at a wedding ceremony at St Peter's Church in Accrington on 3 June 2009.
The marriage would have given Komolafe long-term residency in the UK along with the right to work and claim benefits.
Idowu Komolafe, a 34-year-old Nigerian national, was jailed for 21 months at Burnely Crown Court for perjury and assisting unlawful UK Immigration.
Kveta Pokosova, a 45-year-old Czech national, was jailed for 16 months for bigamy, perjury and assisting unlawful immigration. Both had pleaded guilty to charges at an earlier court hearing.
Dave Magrath, Head of the North West immigration crime team, UK Border Agency, said: “The sentencing sends out a strong message to those thinking of undertaking sham marriages in order to gain entry to the UK or seeking to make a profit from helping others to do so.