Mother and daughter accused of plotting sham marriages

Marriage|January 17th 2017

A mother and daughter have been accused of orchestrating as many as 26 sham marriages.

The women, along with four other female gang members, are reported to have flown off-the-peg brides from the Baltic state of Lithuania into Luton airport on a budget airline in order to take part in rapid staged marriages to non-EU residents at risk of deportation.

Some of the women returned the same day.

As Lithuania is a member of the European Union, marriage to these women entitled such men to a visa enabling them to live in other EU member states, including (currently at least) Britain.

Prosecutors claim the gang made more than £300,000 from the plot. One told Croydon Crown Court:

“This case is about the subversion of [EU citizens’ residency rights] for profit, to the detriment of those that play by the rules, by arranging sham marriages to fool the authorities into allowing the grooms to remain in the UK.”

The defendants deny conspiring to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering. The trial continues.

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  1. Andy says:

    I would say you could not make it up if you tried but in this case you could and make it credable….

    Thank Mr Blair for this one, the exploration of the floors in majority of law that lead to such issues such as this…one big JOKE at our expense…
    What will happen to the bride’s for hire gang..Nothing, because the law cannot do or is strong enough to do anything…

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