Sham marriage plot lead to jail terms after would-be bride spotted with boyfriend

News|May 29th 2013

Crossed fingersA sham marriage was foiled when the bride was spotted with her real boyfriend, a court in Caernarfon has heard.

Pakistani student Ali Ansar admitted to conspiring to breach immigration law and received 14 months in prison.

Meanwhile, would-be bridge Svetlana Kokenyova received a ten month sentence She had accepted £3,000 for the scam, which would have enabled Ansar to stay in Britain.

The plot was foiled when a registrar in Llandudno spotted Kokenyova, 20, holding hands with her real boyfriend Vladimir Bango, in the registry office car park.

The registrar alerted immigration authorities.

Bango was sentenced to one year, while three other men – Parvez Tabassam, 50, Pervaiz Iqbal, 41, and Abip Aslam, 37 – received sentences of between 16 and 21 months for their role in the sham marriage.

Sitting at Caernarfon Crown Court, Judge Philip Hughes said: “Those people like you who involve themselves in this type of criminal activity must be made to understand, if caught, they will be dealt with robustly and immediate prison sentences will follow.”

Photo by Katie Tegtmeyer via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

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