Sham marriage fixer jailed

Sham marriage fixer jailed

Sham marriage fixer jailed

First published in News

A SHAM marriage ‘fixer’ who arranged fake weddings including his own has been jailed for two years and 10 months.

Bolton Crown Court heard Krisztian Kokeny, 35, lined up sham marriages between Hungarian and Pakistani nationals in return for cash. The weddings took place at Blackburn with Darwen Registry Office.

The court heard that Hungarian national Kokeny even arranged his own bogus ‘wedding’ with 28-year-old Rabia Ahmad in February 2013.

Prosecutors said Kokeny acted as a ‘fixer’ for the ‘wedding’ of 27-year-old Pakistani national Shafiq Ahmad and 25-year-old Hungarian Erszebet Habling.

Specialist Home Office immigration enforcement investigators disrupted the ceremony before it began. Ahmad, Habling and Kokeny were arrested for conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration into the UK.

Habling, of Rushey Fold Lane, Bolton, was also charged with possessing a false identity document with intent. She was given a six month suspended prison sentence for this offence in June.

Kokeny, of Holland Street, Bolton, was bailed, but re-arrested on August 15 last year following investigations into his own ‘marriage’ to Ahmad. He then admitted his involvement in the conspiracy.

Following the wedding Ahmad, of Wimslow Road, Manchester, made an application to the Home Office to exercise her treaty rights to obtain European Economic Area status as the spouse of Kokeny.

This was rejected, and she was arrested in October 2013. She told investigators she was aware her visa was about to expire and that she paid Kokeny more than £9,000 to arrange the ‘marriage’. She was given a six month suspended prison sentence in April.

David Magrath, from the Home Office’s immigration enforcement criminal investigations team, said: “These individuals were prepared to marry people they barely knew in an attempt to cheat the immigration system.

“Immigration crime is not victimless. It exploits some of society’s most vulnerable people, and the gangs involved often have links to serious organised crime.”

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7:56pm Fri 15 Aug 14

zabby says...

Deport the lot,take any possessions from them,do a proceeds of crime job on them,don't let any more in,that's for starters
Deport the lot,take any possessions from them,do a proceeds of crime job on them,don't let any more in,that's for starters zabby
  • Score: 11

9:02pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Just an observer says...

Personally, i think any illegals caught and sentenced should, deported back to where they came from. After serving the sentence given and never to be allowed back in the UK. They should all be made to apply and, prove they are worthy to take up residence here.
Personally, i think any illegals caught and sentenced should, deported back to where they came from. After serving the sentence given and never to be allowed back in the UK. They should all be made to apply and, prove they are worthy to take up residence here. Just an observer
  • Score: 8

9:08pm Fri 15 Aug 14

EDL make me laugh says...

Send them all to Australia
Send them all to Australia EDL make me laugh
  • Score: 0

10:07pm Fri 15 Aug 14

ikap22 says...

EDL make me laugh wrote:
Send them all to Australia
Why there?
[quote][p][bold]EDL make me laugh[/bold] wrote: Send them all to Australia[/p][/quote]Why there? ikap22
  • Score: 0

12:46pm Sun 17 Aug 14

zabby says...

Once deported they should bu chipped and tattooed,for future security
Once deported they should bu chipped and tattooed,for future security zabby
  • Score: 0

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