30 September 2010

Participants of sham marriage UK Visa racket jailed

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Two Czech women have been jailed for taking part in a sham marriage racket that earned them up to £10,000 a wedding.

Petra Cinova, 26 and Monika Lakatasova, 30, of Wavertree, were part of a group of seven who bigamously wedded men, for up to £10,000 a time, for the purpose of UK Visa fraud.

After the wedding ceremony the newlyweds would part, with the Eastern European women answering post to confirm their spouses’ right to remain in the UK.

Lakatosova married three men in Sheffield, Bolton and Manchester, and Cinova married two men in Bolton and Cheetham Hill.

The racket was discovered after erratic marriage records were spotted by UK immigration officers.

Cinova was jailed for 16 months for assisting unlawful immigration and bigamy. Lakatosova, 30, of Wavertree, was jailed for 16 months for assisting unlawful immigration and bigamy.

Others involved in the racket included Aneta Belova, 26, and Nela Ginova, 23, who were jailed for 16 months, and Pavel More, 43, who was jailed for 26 months for assisting unlawful immigration.

The mastermind of the operation Vladimir Murko was jailed for five years and two months.  His younger brother Roman, 32, was jailed for 26 months.

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