Rotherham semi was ‘engine room’ of Asian sham marriage gang
DOZENS of fake weddings were staged on the sub-continent in a new Yorkshire-based immigration scam to allow Pakistani men to live in the UK, a court heard.
More than 20 Czech or Slovak brides were flown to Pakistan by a Rotherham-based sham marriage gang to wed Asian men who paid for the service.
Phoney weddings were staged in Pakistan with the “brides” posing with their “grooms” for photographs in the pretence they had got married.
One bride went through three fake marriage ceremonies within four months and another had £1,000 in her handbag when she returned to the UK.
Yet another “bride” who went through a sham marriage was already married in the UK.
As overseas nationals the Pakistanis would have been granted leave to live in the UK as “husbands” of their spouses who as EU citizens have the right to live and work here.
The scam came to light when staff at the British High Commission in Islamabad noticed a plethora of documents supporting applications to marry and for settlement and family permit visas were forged and immigration officers began investigating in South Yorkshire.
It emerged the fake weddings took place in different private homes throughout the Mirpur district in the south-west of the Kashmir region. Often the parties married within hours or just a few days of meeting one another.
Operation Razorback led to 18 men and women being convicted after trial or admitting conspiring to breach the UK’s immigration laws or assisting unlawful immigration between August, 2009 and September, 2010. Read on……..
From the Advertiser: Gang jailed for Rotherham sham marriage plot
Posted On: 19 January 2013
EIGHTEEN members of a well organised and professional sham marriage network centred on Rotherham have been sentenced to a total of 26 years imprisonment.