30 March 2010
Three arrested in UK immigration sham marriage investigation
The UK Border Agency has made three arrests in Bristol and Bath in relation to suspected sham marriages.
UK Immigration and police officers made the arrests during raids at two private addresses following an investigation into allegations that a Jamaican man and woman married two Bulgarians in an attempt to stay in the UK illegally.
A Bulgarian man and woman, aged 57 and 33, and a Jamaican man, 33, have been bailed pending further inquiries.
The UK Border Agency takes swift action with those suspected of bogus marriages, which have dropped significantly since 2004, and they predict that identity cards for foreign nationals will further prevent immigration fraud by locking individuals down to one identity through their facial image and fingerprints.