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A sham marriage scam run from a Vietnamese nail bar was smashed after a fake bride went on holiday with another man only six days after her wedding to a Vietnamese husband.

Amanda Nolan, 28, was paid £5,000 to enter into a ‘marriage of convenience’ arranged in her local nail salon.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Nolan blew the cash on a two-week holiday in Mexico with her boyfriend John Doyle. But they fell out while away and he told the police the trip had been paid for by the wedding scam.

Doyle’s statement led to Nolan, Kevin Donnelly, Jason Proctor, Denny Wallace and Gemma Nelson all appearing at Preston Crown Court accused of entering into, or witnessing, sham weddings to keep Vietnamese immigrants in the UK on spouse visas.

The court heard that British citizens were offered up to £10,000 to enter into the ‘marriages of convenience’ with the Vietnamese nationals, who were in the UK on temporary visas.

Trang Thi Thuy Luu, known as Louise, was the ‘spider at the centre of a web’, the court was told. The Vietnamese nail bar owner was the chief organiser of a ‘carefully orchestrated operation’ to match British passport holders to her friends and family in bogus ceremonies.

Luu, 24, who is now on the run, used her connections as the manager of three Miss Nails nail bars in Preston, Chorley and Blackburn to entice three Brits into sham weddings between 2008 and 2010.

It enabled her friends and family to successfully apply to the Home Office for spouse visas to remain in the UK.

Elizabeth Nicholls, prosecuting counsel, said: ‘She arranged her own sham marriage and then went on to make arrangements to facilitate the marriages of friends and relatives.’

But Miss Nicholls said ‘the edifice of these marriages came tumbling down’ following the sham wedding of Nolan to Tuan Hoang Lu in October 2010.

Mother-of-one Nolan, a regular at one of the nail bars, had confided in Luu about her financial problems. She was paid £5,000 to marry the Miss Nails employee at Blackburn Register Office. Wallace was a witness.

CCTV footage obtained by police showed several Chinese guests behaving ‘appropriately’ at the reception at a country club.

However, Nolan and her co-defendants were drunk and treated the occasion as ‘a joke and a farce’. Doyle later told police that the scam had paid for the holiday in Mexico.

Nolan was arrested in February 2011 and later that month police raided Luu’s home in Preston and found documents that were ‘stock in trade’ for bogus weddings including passports, birth certificates and wedding photographs.

Donnelly, 34, entered a sham marriage with Luu in October 2008 at Blackburn Register Office, which was witnessed by Nelson. He was said to have received £1,500.

Proctor, 40, was paid around £2,000 to enter into a sham marriage to Vietnamese nail bar worker Le Thi Le Quyen at the register office in May 2010.

He claimed in court that it was a genuine love match. Donnelly was paid £500 as a witness. Nolan, of Blackburn, and Donnelly, of Oswaldtwistle, pleaded guilty to taking part in sham marriages.

Donnelly also admitted to being a witness at a fake ceremony, as did Wallace, 22, and Nelson, 28, both of Blackburn.

Proctor, of Blackburn, denied entering into a sham marriage, but was convicted after a trial. All will be sentenced later this month. Source: Daily Mail.

With options to remain in the UK legally being reduced every year, migrants are often tempted into illegal scams and sham marriages.

UK Immigration authorities have received an increasing number of reports from registrars of suspected sham marriages and civil partnerships in the past two years.

Registrars are required to report their suspicions of a possible sham marriage or civil partnership under Section 24 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

UK Immigration authorities have received an increasing number of reports from registrars of suspected sham civil partnerships in the past two years.

The EEA national sham marriage business has become a major immigration racket, with migrants being charged thousands for pounds for the privilege of Indefinite Leave to Remain and eventually UK naturalisation with no guarantee of success.

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