Sham marriage suspects arrested in dawn raid

The Bolton News: Sham marriage suspects arrested in dawn raid Sham marriage suspects arrested in dawn raid

A SUSPECTED sham bride and groom were arrested in a dawn raid by immigration officers.

Home Office immigration enforcement staff swooped on a home in Webster Street, Burnden, yesterday morning and made two arrests.

A 27-year-old Bulgarian woman and a 30-year-old Pakistani man were arrested on suspicion of taking part in a sham marriage on December 27 last year at Manchester Register Office.

The National Crime Agency and Greater Manchester Police were also involved in the raid.

Nick Wood, from the Home Office’s North West criminal and financial investigations team, said: “The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation into suspected sham marriages in the North West.

“Where there are suspicions that a relationship may not be genuine we will investigate and, if necessary, intervene to stop it happening.

“We are determined to stop migrants abusing the marriage system to cheat immigration rules.”

Last year 12 Bolton people were jailed for their roles in sham marriages last year.

Maria Loureiro, the mastermind behind the scheme, made almost £30,000 from arranging nine fake weddings.

She arranged for nine Portuguese women to be flown from Lisbon to England to marry nine Indian men, who were living in Bolton and wanted to remain in the country.

The men had all entered the country legally but their visas were due to expire or had already expired.


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Ilias Neki, aged 47, of Argo Street, Daubhill, a director of the former business, Swantex, in Higher Swan Lane, was the “conduit” between the Indian men and Loureiro.

The fraud was busted by the Home Office and all of the defendants caught were jailed.

A sham marriage takes place when a non-European national marries someone from Europe as a means of attempting to gain long-term residency and the right to work and claim benefits in this country.

Anyone who has information on suspected immigration fraudsters can report them here.

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8:49pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Citizen Cane says...

I can't believe that lovely immigrants would do such dishonest things as are suggested by this article. It must be made up to put immigrants in a bad light. I'll be voting Labour because I agree with them that Britain should be rammed with immigrants and the criminal ones made particularly welcome. Each one of those costs £38,000 each year to keep in prison on average and there are 13,000 of them in British prisons. That's not enough, British prisons need to be rammed with criminal immigrants in order to keep British citizens safe from their evil intent.
I can't believe that lovely immigrants would do such dishonest things as are suggested by this article. It must be made up to put immigrants in a bad light. I'll be voting Labour because I agree with them that Britain should be rammed with immigrants and the criminal ones made particularly welcome. Each one of those costs £38,000 each year to keep in prison on average and there are 13,000 of them in British prisons. That's not enough, British prisons need to be rammed with criminal immigrants in order to keep British citizens safe from their evil intent. Citizen Cane

9:49pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Wolfie190 says...

What a wonderful partnership.
What a wonderful partnership. Wolfie190

2:28am Thu 27 Feb 14

wild one says...

What a shiote hole we have become ....
What a shiote hole we have become .... wild one

4:01am Thu 27 Feb 14

VIGILANTE VIC says...

WELL WELL WELL I AM SURPRISED !!!! :-)
THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS ON A BIGGER SCALE THAN PEOPLE THINK, WHAT A WONDERFUL COUNTRY THIS HAS BECOME... I'M CERTAIN IF POLICE AND IMMIGRATION OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO STOP AND QUESTION EVERYONE AROUND DAUBHILL AND DEANE THEY WOULD SOON BE OVERWHELMED BY THIS SORT OF THING ON A DAILY BASIS.... WELCOME TO ENGLAND THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY AND CRIMINALITY, WHAT A DUMP THIS COUNTRY HAS BECOME
WELL WELL WELL I AM SURPRISED !!!! :-) THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS ON A BIGGER SCALE THAN PEOPLE THINK, WHAT A WONDERFUL COUNTRY THIS HAS BECOME... I'M CERTAIN IF POLICE AND IMMIGRATION OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO STOP AND QUESTION EVERYONE AROUND DAUBHILL AND DEANE THEY WOULD SOON BE OVERWHELMED BY THIS SORT OF THING ON A DAILY BASIS.... WELCOME TO ENGLAND THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY AND CRIMINALITY, WHAT A DUMP THIS COUNTRY HAS BECOME VIGILANTE VIC

9:42am Thu 27 Feb 14

Gore Seer says...

Citizen Cane wrote:
I can't believe that lovely immigrants would do such dishonest things as are suggested by this article. It must be made up to put immigrants in a bad light. I'll be voting Labour because I agree with them that Britain should be rammed with immigrants and the criminal ones made particularly welcome. Each one of those costs £38,000 each year to keep in prison on average and there are 13,000 of them in British prisons. That's not enough, British prisons need to be rammed with criminal immigrants in order to keep British citizens safe from their evil intent.
The Price As Now Risen According To Latest Government Figures, It Costs £500 Per Week To Keep A Prisoner Lockup According To TV.
[quote][p][bold]Citizen Cane[/bold] wrote: I can't believe that lovely immigrants would do such dishonest things as are suggested by this article. It must be made up to put immigrants in a bad light. I'll be voting Labour because I agree with them that Britain should be rammed with immigrants and the criminal ones made particularly welcome. Each one of those costs £38,000 each year to keep in prison on average and there are 13,000 of them in British prisons. That's not enough, British prisons need to be rammed with criminal immigrants in order to keep British citizens safe from their evil intent.[/p][/quote]The Price As Now Risen According To Latest Government Figures, It Costs £500 Per Week To Keep A Prisoner Lockup According To TV. Gore Seer

10:33am Thu 27 Feb 14

Chrome1 says...

Do you know what lets Bolton down? It's people. We are stuffed with scrotes and smelly fat people. Blighted with urban decay from council estates and unemployment. Add to this the dismal weather and we have a perfect storm contributing to a depressing social landscape. Only God knows why anyone would want to settle here.
Do you know what lets Bolton down? It's people. We are stuffed with scrotes and smelly fat people. Blighted with urban decay from council estates and unemployment. Add to this the dismal weather and we have a perfect storm contributing to a depressing social landscape. Only God knows why anyone would want to settle here. Chrome1

10:43am Thu 27 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

A Bulgarian Woman and a Pakinstani Man.......... What.A.Shock!
A Bulgarian Woman and a Pakinstani Man.......... What.A.Shock! FreedomOfSpeech1945

12:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

They have a good system in Austrailia, if someone turns up claiming Asylum they are housed not in luxury houses like here but in a camp in New Guinea.

The number of claims has dropped in recent years,
They have a good system in Austrailia, if someone turns up claiming Asylum they are housed not in luxury houses like here but in a camp in New Guinea. The number of claims has dropped in recent years, Jim271

2:12pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Boltoner says...

This is down to a loophole under EU law.

For example a british man or women marrying a non EU national requires an income of £18600 pre tax or £62500 in savings, in addition the the non eu national is required to take a basic english assessment to prove they have an understanding and ability to speak english. Also they have to prove they are in a genuine relationship - phone records, emails etc

An EU national can marry a non eu national and live in the UK without going through any of these checks.

I am speaking from experience after having to jump through hoops to satisfy the requirements. These EU laws are making a mockery of our own rules.

It sums it up when an U citizen appears to have more rights in this country in regards to immigration than a person born and bred here.

Also I am pretty sure these non eu nationals have to make applications via the British embassy in there own country.

I'm not 100% sure on the last bit but this report may be misleading journalism by the BN once again...
This is down to a loophole under EU law. For example a british man or women marrying a non EU national requires an income of £18600 pre tax or £62500 in savings, in addition the the non eu national is required to take a basic english assessment to prove they have an understanding and ability to speak english. Also they have to prove they are in a genuine relationship - phone records, emails etc An EU national can marry a non eu national and live in the UK without going through any of these checks. I am speaking from experience after having to jump through hoops to satisfy the requirements. These EU laws are making a mockery of our own rules. It sums it up when an U citizen appears to have more rights in this country in regards to immigration than a person born and bred here. Also I am pretty sure these non eu nationals have to make applications via the British embassy in there own country. I'm not 100% sure on the last bit but this report may be misleading journalism by the BN once again... Boltoner

2:19pm Thu 27 Feb 14

VIGILANTE VIC says...

Jim271 wrote:
They have a good system in Austrailia, if someone turns up claiming Asylum they are housed not in luxury houses like here but in a camp in New Guinea.

The number of claims has dropped in recent years,
IT'S 40 YEARS TO LATE JIM THE COUNTRY IS OVERPOPULATED NOW WITH IMMIGRATION BEING LEFT UNCONTROLLED, THE GATES TO ENGLAND HAVE BEEN LEFT OPEN FAR TOO LONG IS IT ANY WONDER THIS COUNTRY IS OVER RUN.
AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE ON HERE IF MY CIRCUMSTANCES WERE DIFFERENT I WOULD LEAVE HERE TOMORROW EVEN THE NHS HERE HAS BECOME THE IHS ( INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE) WHAT A DISGRACE THIS COUNTRY HAS TURNED INTO
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: They have a good system in Austrailia, if someone turns up claiming Asylum they are housed not in luxury houses like here but in a camp in New Guinea. The number of claims has dropped in recent years,[/p][/quote]IT'S 40 YEARS TO LATE JIM THE COUNTRY IS OVERPOPULATED NOW WITH IMMIGRATION BEING LEFT UNCONTROLLED, THE GATES TO ENGLAND HAVE BEEN LEFT OPEN FAR TOO LONG IS IT ANY WONDER THIS COUNTRY IS OVER RUN. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE ON HERE IF MY CIRCUMSTANCES WERE DIFFERENT I WOULD LEAVE HERE TOMORROW EVEN THE NHS HERE HAS BECOME THE IHS ( INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE) WHAT A DISGRACE THIS COUNTRY HAS TURNED INTO VIGILANTE VIC

1:15am Fri 28 Feb 14

BoltonLancs says...

Chrome1 wrote:
Do you know what lets Bolton down? It's people. We are stuffed with scrotes and smelly fat people. Blighted with urban decay from council estates and unemployment. Add to this the dismal weather and we have a perfect storm contributing to a depressing social landscape. Only God knows why anyone would want to settle here.
And that's just the bottom of Blackburn Road...We ALL know why scrotes and smelly fat people want to settle here not just the mad invisible pixie-man in the sky.!
[quote][p][bold]Chrome1[/bold] wrote: Do you know what lets Bolton down? It's people. We are stuffed with scrotes and smelly fat people. Blighted with urban decay from council estates and unemployment. Add to this the dismal weather and we have a perfect storm contributing to a depressing social landscape. Only God knows why anyone would want to settle here.[/p][/quote]And that's just the bottom of Blackburn Road...We ALL know why scrotes and smelly fat people want to settle here not just the mad invisible pixie-man in the sky.! BoltonLancs

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