A Portuguese ‘bride’ who entered into loads of sham marriages in return for cash has been jailed for 4 years.
Tania Sofia de Paiva Aniceto, 25, of Boundary Road, Barking, was arrested after specialist Home Office investigators became suspicious of multiple applications for leave to remain in the UK as spouse of an EEA national, submitted by foreign nationals.
The applicants all claimed to be married to either Aniceto or Sandra Monteiro, an alias that she was using. Investigations showed that false Portuguese identity documents had been submitted to support the applications.
Aniceto married four Nigerian ‘grooms’ at ceremonies in Brent, Lewisham, Rochdale and Southwark between May 2010 and June 2012. She was arrested at her home address on 20th November 2012 and later charged with five counts of facilitation and four of bigamy. A charge of possessing a false identity document was later dropped from the indictment.
Efforts are being made to trace the ‘grooms’. They face arrest and removal from the UK if found to have no leave to remain. They are from Ghana, Pakistan and Nigeria.
On 14th April, Ancieto pleaded guilty to one charge each of facilitation and bigamy, but not guilty to the remainder. A 3-day trial was scheduled for 16th October 2013. She eventually pleaded guilty to all the other charges, however.
Aniceto was sentenced to 4 years at Basildon Crown Court on Friday 18th October.
Somali men prefer UK to USA
Two Somali men have been jailed after being convicted of using deception to obtain money for asylum support and accommodation.
Farah Mohamud Egal, aged 44, and Keyse Abdulgadir Dad, aged 45, were arrested by investigation officers at addresses in south and central Belfast on Wednesday 16th October.
They were sentenced at Newtownards Magistrates Court on Thursday 17th October to 3 months and 4 months respectively after pleading guilty to asylum fraud (dishonest representations to obtain payment/benefit/advantage).
During interviews with officers both men admitted that they were US citizens having claimed asylum there previously and that the reason the pair came to the UK was free healthcare and to bring dependents into the country. They will be deported after serving their sentences.