A man has been arrested and faces removal from the UK after a suspected sham wedding was prevented in Enfield.
Acting on information that the relationship may not be genuine, officers attended Enfield Register Office, Gentleman’s Row, at about 14:00 on 22nd January 2014.
They arrested a 44-year-old Nigerian man, not another Nigerian, who was in the country illegally having overstayed his visa. He was detained and now faces removal from the UK. Officers found £500 in cash on him, which is believed to have been his fee to the bride. Five hundred smackers, what a cheapskate.
His would-be bride, a 39-year-old Czech woman, was questioned by officers and later released.
A couple have been jailed for attempting to enter into a sham marriage at Morden Register Office.
Pakistan national Arfat Hussain, 24, and Bulgarian ‘bride’ Aneta Kaleeva, 25, were arrested by officers moments before their ceremony was due to take place on 3rd January 2013. It didn’t take Bulgarians long to get involved in crime did it?
Officers were called after register office staff raised suspicions about the couple, observing there was little interaction between the pair.
Croydon Crown Court heard Kaleeva, of Garner Road in Walthamstow, had previously attempted to marry a 28-year-old Bangladeshi man whose leave to remain had been curtailed. That marriage was cancelled at the last minute and he voluntarily departed the UK shortly afterwards. Perhaps third time lucky for Kaleeva if she sticks at it.
Hussain, of Selkirk Road in Tooting, was attempting to marry Kaleeva in order to gain leave to remain in the UK as the spouse of an EEA national.
The couple both admitted perjury charges during a trial at Croydon Crown Court on 22nd January 2014 and were sentenced to 8 months’ imprisonment. The judge ordered two further charges of facilitation to remain on file.
Illegal workers caught
Acting on intelligence, officers visited the New Orient Express, Gordon Terrace, Stakeford, on 22nd January 2014 and questioned staff to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
They arrested three Chinese women aged between 31 and 50 and two men aged 43 and 47, who had breached immigration rules. All five were found working illegally and had either overstayed their visas or entered the country illegally.
Two of the women were transferred to immigration detention pending removal from the UK. The remaining three workers have been placed on immigration bail to seek illegal work elsewhere.
A search of the business following the operation resulted in a cash seizure and this is now subject to investigation.
Officers also visited Lin Jun Chinese Takeaway, Elliot Street in Blyth, and arrested a 40-year-old Chinese man who was working illegally. He currently remains in immigration detention pending removal from the country.