Halifax couple arrested on suspicion of sham marriage

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An arrest has been made in Halifax as part of a Home Office investigation into sham marriages.

A 21-year-old Pakistani man and a 30-year-old Czech woman were arrested from a Hanson Lane home on suspicion of conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration.

Seven arrests were made this morning in Halifax, Manchester and Wolverhampton and suspects are now being questioned about their involvement in sham marriages between Pakistani ‘grooms’ and Czech ‘brides’.

Dave Magrath, Head of the Home Office’s North West Criminal and Financial Investigations Team, said:

“We have specialist, well resourced criminal investigation teams and where we uncover evidence of immigration crime we will not hesitate to take the strongest possible action.

“The Home Office is cracking down on abuse of the marriage system and those who seek to cheat immigration law face prosecution and conviction.”

The weddings took place in Halifax, Manchester, Bury and Shrewsbury Register Offices between February and August 2013.