A gang that is suspected of organising a string of fake marriages were making thousands of pounds, according to the UK Border Agency. Inspector Andy Radcliffe said the marriages were arranged to allow people to stay in Europe illegally.
A man suspected of being involved in international shammarriage racket was arrested in a raid at his home in Essex. He was one of six people arrested in the capital in theearly hours of this morning. Arrests also took place in several other European countries.
Reverend Brian Shipsides admitted one count of conspiracy to facilitate unlawful immigration and has been sentenced to four years and six months.
Amudalat Abolore Ladipo, who acted as the organiser of the sham marriages, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to facilitate unlawful immigration following trial and has been sentenced to three years.
The prosecution focused on a two and a half year period from December 2007 to August 2010. During that time the number of marriages at All Saints Church in Forest Gate rose by almost 16-fold from 15 ceremonies taking place in the previous two years to almost 250.
Reverend Brian Shipside who raked on £30,000 pounds by conducting sham marraiges has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison