London, Jan 18: A Czech national married thrice in four months in Pakistan as a part of an elaborate immigration scam, so that her husbands could live in the United Kingdom as British citizens, according to a court hearing.
In a statement to the police, the woman, Eva Holubova, said that she flew to Pakistan with her boyfriend Peter Pohodko, a resident of Slovakia, to take part in fake marriage ceremonies, and that she was offered 250 pounds from Pakistani men for fake photographs to keep up the pretence, the Daily Mail reports.
Pohodko also took part in the scam and was paid 300 pounds for ‘marrying’ a 28-year-old Pakistani woman he claimed to have met on his wedding day.
The scam was revealed when staff at the British High Commission in Islamabad noticed that a number documents supporting applications to marry and settle in the UK were forged.
Immigration officers discovered that the fake marriages took place in various private homes throughout the Mirpur district of Pakistan, where the people were often married within hours or a few days of meeting one another.
According to prosecutor Sarah Wright, the conspiracy was professional and well-organised.
She added that the bride had no intention of living in proper relationship with the men and that the sham marriages were clearly undertaken for purposes of immigration.
So far, 18 men and women have been convicted after trial or for admitting to conspiring to breach UK’s immigration laws, or assisting in unlawful immigration.
Holubova was among more than 20 Czech or Slovak brides flown to Pakistan by a sham marriage gang based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, that set up fake weddings to dupe immigration services into letting Pakistani men into the UK. (ANI)