Sham marriage gang jailed

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Law & Disorder
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Border Agency warned woman that they believed her planned marriage the next day to be a sham and that she would be arrested if she proceeded but she still went ahead with it.

Pakistani Tahir Naqqash tried to marry Slovak Zlatica Balogova in an attempt to stay in the UK. The plan was foiled when officers interrupted their ‘wedding’ at Bradford and Keighley register office on 24th May last year. A year before they come to court can you ‘Adam and Eve’ that. Three other people, Slovaks Elemer Danihel, Ervin Lakatos and Natasa Cicuova, who were all involved in the conspiracy were also arrested.

Leeds Crown Court heard how the couple did not share a common language, and that Naqqash had paid £3,000 to Balogova to marry him.

Naqqash was in the country on a student visa which was due to expire on 31st May last year. A search of his house following his arrest uncovered a ‘crib sheet’, with details of his wife to be.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to breach immigration law and perjury shortly before the case was due to go to trial. All the other members of the gang denied the charge.
During the trial the court heard that the Balagova was the partner of Danihel and that they lived together with their children. All the gang members were found guilty after the 3 week trial, held at Bradford crown court in March.

Naqqash, 26, of Carlisle Road, Bradford, was jailed for 8 months.

Balogova, 29, of Prospect Road, Bradford, was jailed for 10 months.

Danihel, 30, also of Prospect Road, Bradford, received a 6 month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and 200 hours community service.

Lakatos, 43, of Stanacre Place, Bradford, was jailed for 6 months.

Cicuova, 33, also of Stanacre Place, Bradford, received a 4 month sentence, suspended for 12 months.

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