17 February 2011

International sham marriage ring busted by UK immigration

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A series of raids across South Yorkshire has seen an international sham marriage gang arrested.

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UK Immigration officers have arrested a number of people accused of being part of a sham marriage ring.

The UK immigration operation saw officers swoop on Pakistani, Czech and Slovak gang members in their homes shortly after 7.30am. Ten men and women were arrested in total.

Detective sergeant Alisdair Duncan from the immigration crime team said: “We believe we have cracked an organised conspiracy in which marriage fixers and European brides were making money from Pakistani grooms desperate to find a way to stay in the UK”.

A sham marriage usually takes place in the UK and involves a non-European marrying someone from the European Economic in order to gain long-term residency, but in this case the grooms were based in Pakistan and the “brides” would fly out to get married and then return to submit an application for their husbands to join them in the UK.

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