16 January 2012

UK immigration authorities still debating deporting sham marriage fixer

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Six months after his release from prison, the UK immigration authorities have still not reached a decision whether to deport a man convicted of 360 bogus marriages.

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Vladymyr Buchak has not been deported despite his role in fixing 360 sham marriages.

Vladymyr Buchak was convicted in July 2010 for his part in the largest marriage scam ever brought court in the UK which saw 360 sham marriages take place at a church in St Leonards-on-Sea, Hastings.

After serving half of his four year sentence, Buchak was released yet despite the presiding judge recommending deportation for his role in the scam marriage ring and the UK Border Authority opposing his release, he has remained in the country on bail since July 2011.

Buchak, a Ukrainian citizen, arrived in the UK in 2004 and assumed a fake name. After his return to St Leonards-on-Sea, the MP for Hastings, Amber Rudd, expressed her disappointment that Buchak had not been deported despite the severity of his crime.

A spokesperson for the court and tribunals service confirmed that the preliminary immigration and asylum tribunal hearing which took place on 6th January had been adjourned and that a new date was yet to be set.


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