A sham marriage trio who took part in a series of bogus weddings were all jailed at Manchester crown court in the United Kingdom yesterday.
The three defendants had all previously pleaded guilty to assisting unlawful immigration on 12 October 2012. According to the prosecution gteam, Kazeem Adeeyo, a 44-year-old Nigerian, admitted entering into a sham marriage with Argenise Vrutall on 21 March 2009 at St Pauls church, Paddington Close in Salford.
Jadesola Gabriel, a 32-year-old Nigerian woman, who was in a genuine relationship with Adeeyo, also admitted to entering into a sham marriage with Akos Szirbury, a 35-year-old Hungarian. This marriage took place at St John the Baptist church, Carlton in Nottingham on 11 October 2008.
Both Adeeyo and Szirbury were sentenced to 11 months and Gabriel to six months imprisonment. During and following these marriages Adeeyo and Gabriel continued to live together in Manchester with their two children. A sham marriage typically occurs when a non-European national marries someone from the European Economic Area, or the UK, as a means of attempting to gain long-term residency and the right to work and claim benefits in this country.
Dave Magrath, head of the UK Border Agency crime team in the North West, said: "All three showed a complete disregard for our immigration laws and today have paid the price for trying to cheat the system. The UK Border Agency is taking strong action to crack down on sham marriages nationwide. Our message could not be clearer - we will not tolerate immigration abuse and offenders will be caught and face justice"