Two Polish women have been jailed for conspiring to cheat UK Immigration Rules by staging a sham marriage.
Agnieszka Kobus, 43, from Chestnut Grove in Aughnacloy, Co Tyrone, was arrested when she attempted to marry a Pakistani man at Dungannon register office on 17th October 2012. The ceremony was stopped by officers before it could take place.
Kobus was sentenced to 12 months in jail today (Thursday 28th November) at Dungannon crown court sitting in Belfast for her part in the plot. Six months will be served in custody with 6 months on licence.
Hanna Adamczyk, 42, who was living at the same address in Aughnacloy, had agreed to act as a witness at the ceremony. The court had heard how she had flown from Poland to take part in the plot. She was sentenced at the same court to 10 months in jail suspended for 2 years.
Both women, who have been on bail since their arrest, were found guilty at a previous hearing at Dungannon crown court on 23rd October 2013.
Pakistani man Muhammad Zafran, 28, the would-be groom in the plot, was sentenced at Dungannon crown court to 16 months in jail on 23rd May 2013. Zafran has since been deported from the country.
Meanwhile in Wales
Immigration officers visited businesses in Wrexham and Holywell on Tuesday 26th November 2013.
At 09:40 at Waves Car Wash Ltd. in the Tesco Extra car park in Wrexham a 36-year-old Kosovan man, who was in the UK illegally, was arrested and taken to Wrexham police station. He has been detained while steps are taken to remove him from the country.
Simultaneously at Hands On Car Wash Ltd. in Sainsbury’s car park in Wrexham two Iranian men were found working illegally. The number of times Hands On Car Wash operations have been caught with illegal workers should warrant an investigation into every car wash bearing that name.
Later at 15:00 at CWYF International Ltd. on Greenfield Road, Holywell, two more Iranian men were also found working illegally. All four Iranian men were temporarily released and must report to the Home Office while their cases are considered.
Hmmm, someone posted a comment on this blog suggesting all these Iranians and other illegals from Middle East countries are getting into the UK by claiming to be Palestinians, I think he’s knocked the nail on the head there.