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Two people have appeared in court in connection with a suspected sham marriage in Streatham, the UK Border Agency announced.

The pair were arrested by our officers from the London immigration crime team as they arrived for a ceremony at the Church of St Peters in Leigham Court Road, Streatham, on the afternoon of Saturday 7 August.

The bride, a 19-year-old Nigerian woman, was arrested on suspicion of perjury and an offence under the Identity Cards Act 2006.

The groom, a 22-year-old Czech male, was arrested on suspicion of assisting unlawful immigration.

Both were charged and appeared before Camberwell Magistrates on Monday 9 August, where they were remanded in custody until their next hearing on 11 October at Inner London Crown Court.

Tony Erne, deputy director, UK Border Agency said:

‘We are working closely with churches and registrars to identify suspect sham marriages, and where we believe a wedding may not be genuine we will take action.’

The operation was part of planned nationwide action by the UK Border Agency to tackle illegal working, sham marriages, bogus colleges and organised immigration crime.

The case follows a number of recent a high profile fake marriage cases including a sham wedding conviction of a Church of England Vicar in Sussex.

The Rev Alex Brown, 61, was found guilty of carrying out 360 sham weddings over four years. Brown was thought to have carried out the weddings for cash and around £5,000 was found in his rectory.

Last week two more priests were arrested on suspicion of running a sham marriage conspiracy to help illegal immigrants stay in Britain.

See also:

Two arrested in ’sham’ wedding probe

Church of England Vicar found guilty in fake wedding marriage scam case

More vicars arrested over alleged ‘fake marriages’ scam

UK is ‘no longer a soft touch’ for illegal immigrants Minister warns

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  1. […] was ‘part of planned nationwide action by the UK Border Agency to tackle illegal working, sham marriages, bogus colleges and organised immigration […]

  2. Edwin Mathe says :

    Thank you so much for this story i believe as genuine citizens of this Country we have feelings, however sometimes the system turn people away from its subjects. This i point out i am legally entitled to live in the UK as a refugee and awaiting my neutralisation i have been in the UK for allmost 9 years now, i got Married in December to my long loving fiancée of 7 years and the decision came for my wife’s visa today the home office out of all the truths i have told them and the evidence i have provided they came out with this decision, there are insufficient funds in your account, some of the evidence may be lies and really if my legit marriage is in doubt within this system, what about those who have visas that are nearly expiring they will indeed find means to stay in this country legally which is illegal of course but the system forces them to, it seems the more you lie the more the system tolerates you so i think this is a problem we have created on our own

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