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Two people accused of arranging an illegal sham wedding in Nottingham have been charged with immigration offences, the BBC reports.

Falana McKenzie, 30, of Trinidad and Tobago, and Jorge Mouchino, a 33-year-old Portuguese man, were arrested at the Shakespeare Street register office.

The arrests took place on Saturday. Ms McKenzie has been charged with seeking leave to remain in the UK by deception.

Mr Mouchino was charged with assisting unlawful presence in an EU member state.

They were due to appear before Nottingham magistrates on Monday.

A 36-year-old Nigerian man was also arrested on suspicion of assisting unlawful presence in an EU member state before being bailed for five weeks.

The wedding was due to take place at 1000 BST on Saturday but was stopped by the UK Border Agency. Source BBC

The case follows the recent a high profile 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.

The Rev Brian Shipsides, 54, and the Rev Elwon John, 43, were detained yesterday by police investigating suspected fake weddings at a church in east London.

Home Office measures to prevent fake marriages, forcing foreign nationals to obtain permission to marry, were recently thwarted in the courts under Human Rights Law.

Immigration Minister Damian Green warned that the UK is ‘no longer a soft touch’ for illegal immigrants.

See also:

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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