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.
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