Sham marriage arrests

Posted: November 19, 2011 in British jobs for British workers, Law & Disorder

A man from Pakistan and two Hungarian women have been jailed after UKBA officers foiled a plot to stage a sham marriage in Cardiff.

IlieAt Cardiff Crown Court, 16 November, Asif Hussain, aged 25, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment having previously pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to facilitate a breach of the UK’s immigration laws.

Hussain was in the UK illegally after his student visa expired in February 2011. He was arrested at Cardiff Register Office as he was about to marry 33-year-old Hungarian Elizabet Balogh. She was jailed for 10 months after admitting the same offence.

Also sentenced was 45-year-old Hungarian Valerie Farkas. She was acting as an interpreter between the would-be bride and groom who did not speak a common language. Farkas was jailed for 6 months for the same conspiracy offence.

The wedding was stopped between Hussain and Balogh shortly before it was due to take place on 2nd August this year.

Under questioning, the pair initially claimed their relationship was genuine and Hussain said they lived together in a flat on Splott Road, Cardiff, using internet translation services to communicate. I can just visualise the pair sitting at their dining table each with a netbook passing them between each other with what they want to say translated on the screen.

Anyway inquiries revealed that there were no signs of the flat being occupied by a woman and that Balogh had spent most of the months leading up to the wedding in Manchester, London and Hungary, only returning to the UK from Budapest on 30th July, just three days before the Cardiff ceremony.

Supposedly Hussain will be deported at the end of his sentence.


A Polish couple involved in sham marriages across the North West have today been jailed at Burnley Crown Court.

The partners, who were both arrested in Spencer Road, Bradford, took part in sham marriages to Nigerian nationals and assisted in their unlawful immigration to the UK.

Jozef Badzo, 40, married Mercy Idehen a 44-year-old Nigerian on 6th May 2009 at All Saints Church, Church Street, Clayton le Moors, Lancashire.

Maria Pretczynska, 54 entered into a sham marriage with Lukman Durojaye, 43-year-old Nigerian on 15th December 2008 at St Peters Church, Stockport Road in Levenshulme. She also acted as a witness to Badzo’s wedding to Idehen.

Pretczynska was sentenced to 16 months after pleading guilty to assisting unlawful immigration and Badzo to 16 months for assisting unlawful immigration and 12 months for perjury – to run concurrent.

Today’s job vacancies

UKBA officers paid a visit to the Rafi Halal Meat Wholesale on Summers Street, Chadderton, Oldham to conduct immigration checks and ensure staff had the legal right to work in the UK on Monday 14th November.

The checks revealed four staff were working illegally in the UK and officers arrested two Bangladeshi men aged 41 and 54 alongside two Pakistanis aged 37 and 51. UKBA say they will ‘Oldham’ (sorry couldn’t help myself) whilst steps are be taken to remove all four from the UK; that old chestnut.

I suppose in the Halal cut throat business labour costs have to be kept down.(sorry for this pun too Mrs W must have put something on my shredded wheat)


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