£1,000 seized by court over 'sham marriage' allegation

£1,000 seized by court over 'sham marriage' allegation

£1,000 seized by court over 'sham marriage' allegation

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MONEY seized in connection with an alleged sham marriage has been confiscated by a Hampshire magistrates’ court.

The Home Office successfully applied to Southampton Magistrates’ Court to have £1,000 detained for three months under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

It was discovered at a property in Winchester High Street after a French woman and a man from Cameroon were arrested at Winchester Register Office on suspicion of arranging a sham marriage.

Two more people were later arrested at the High Street property.

All four have been charged with conspiracy to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law by a non-European Union person.

The “bride” has been named as Olivia Godefroy, 21, from London.

She has also been charged with bigamy, doing an act to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law by a non EU person and conspiracy to do an act to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law by a non EU person.

Also charged with conspiracy was “groom” Devine Atalako Abanda, 26, of Uxbridge; Armand Pacombe Djedje, 29, from the Ivory Coast, and Olivier Attie, 30, from Belgium.

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4:05am Thu 6 Mar 14

huckit P says...

Can't understand how these people can get away with it. When I married a person from overseas many years ago we had to provide everything from photos, letters, emails, receipts, and semingly endless other minutiae to prove we had a genuine relationship. Even immediately before the deremony we were again questioned seperately to make sure it was above board. Following the wedding, and in order to obtain the necessary extended stay visa, we had to go through it all again. Even for the next visa the procedure was repeated. The file each time extended to more than 200 pages. Could it be anything to do with me being born in the UK to British parents and am therefore seen as an easy target?
Can't understand how these people can get away with it. When I married a person from overseas many years ago we had to provide everything from photos, letters, emails, receipts, and semingly endless other minutiae to prove we had a genuine relationship. Even immediately before the deremony we were again questioned seperately to make sure it was above board. Following the wedding, and in order to obtain the necessary extended stay visa, we had to go through it all again. Even for the next visa the procedure was repeated. The file each time extended to more than 200 pages. Could it be anything to do with me being born in the UK to British parents and am therefore seen as an easy target? huckit P
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