Leicester woman posed as bride to marry man in sham marriage
A woman posed as a bride to marry a man in a sham marriage.
Ayesha Mullan of Ellesmere Court, Braunstone Park, Leicester, was caught as part of a Border Agency crackdown on the immigration scam.
The 26-year-old appeared at Downpatrick Crown Court, Northern Ireland, on November 19. She admitted to charges of assisting unlawful immigration, two counts of bigamy related to multiple marriages and perjury.
The charges were made following an operation by UK Border Agency officers.
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Acting on intelligence, they prevented the sham wedding between Mullan and an Indian man from taking place at Down District Council offices on October 11 last year.
Mullan was released on bail to re-appear at the Downpatrick Crown Court for sentencing on January 8.
A Border Agency spokesman said: "A sham marriage typically occurs when a non-European national marries someone from the European Economic Area, or the UK, as a means of attempting to gain long-term residency and the right to work and claim benefits in this country.
"This woman thought she could abuse the immigration rules and evade justice by taking part in a sham marriage at a location where she was not known.
"As this case shows, Northern Ireland is not a soft touch for this type of crime and we will track down, detain and prosecute those fraudsters who assist others with no right to be in the UK."