Earlier in the week I introduced you to the Seven Illegal Workers now meet the Seven Immigration Cheats.
Seven people have been given jail terms for trying to cheat immigration rules by staging two sham marriages in Wrexham.
Two Indian men and their Lithuanian ‘brides’ were arrested at Wrexham Register Office on 30th August 2011, before the ceremonies could take place. Two more Lithuanian men and a UK national who were also in the wedding party.
All seven admitted a charge of conspiracy to facilitate a breach of UK immigration laws and were sentenced to the following at Chester Crown Court on 31 January:
Andrej Stepanov, aged 28, (Lithuanian national) of Crowther Road, Wolverhampton – 1 year 4 months,
Manpreet Singh, aged 27, (Indian national) of Dudley Road, Wolverhampton -1 year,
Jasbir Singh, aged 21, (Indian national) of Dudding Road, Wolverhampton – 11 months,
Sandra Beleckaite, aged 21, (Lithuanian national), of Dudding Road, Wolverhampton – 304 days,
Oskana Alexsandraviciute, aged 37, (Lithuanian national), of Dudley Road, Wolverhampton – 304 days,
Antannas Beleckas, aged 27, (Lithuanian national), of Oser Place, Wolverhampton – 1 year, 3 months,
Jaspal Singh Sahota, aged 51, (UK national) of Finneywell Close, Wolverhampton – 2 years, 2 months.
Investigators went to Wrexham Register Office on 30th August last year where the weddings of Manpreet Singh and Oskana Alexsandraviciute (that’s a mouthful) and Jasbir Singh and Antannas Beleckaite were due to take place. As the couples arrived at 13:25, together with Beleckas, Sahota and Stepanov they were arrested.
Manpreet Singh and Sahota were both carrying boxes containing male and female rings, while Stepanov was acting as a photographer. Under questioning at Wrexham police station, the two couples initially claimed their relationships were genuine despite not having a clue about each other nor speaking each others language.
Manpreet Singh’s visa was due to expire in September 2011, shortly after the planned wedding. Fellow groom Jasbir Singh was in the UK illegally after his visa expired earlier in August 201.
Apparently they are to be removed from the UK at the end of their jail terms probably with £1500 sweeteners in their sky rockets (pockets).