A MAN who was arrested during a sham wedding ceremony has been jailed.
Indian national Yogesh Kumar, 30, of Lady Margaret Road, Southall, was arrested for over-staying his visa moments before he was due to marry a 22-year-old Hungarian woman at Brent Registery Office on March 4.
Immigration officers found that his passport contained a counterfeit visa stamp which made it look like he had the right to live and work in the UK.
It is thought he had used the passport to gain employment as a cleaner.
Kumar’s Hungarian bride was questioned by immigration officers and released, but her groom was later charged with possessing a false identity document.
At a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday last week he admitted the charge and was sentenced to five months in prison.
Sarah Burton, assistant director from the Home Office West London Immigration Enforcement team, said: “We are working closely with registrars across London to prevent abuse of the marriage system and where we have reason to believe a wedding may not be genuine we will, if necessary, intervene. Those who use false identity documents face prosecution and, as in this case, jail. We will seek to remove Kumar from the UK once he has served his sentence.”
A sham marriage or civil partnership typically occurs when a non-European national marries someone from the European Economic Area as a means of attempting to gain long-term residency and the right to work and claim benefits in the UK.
Anyone with information about immigration crime can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org .