As per the official reports, two Czech women nationals, 30-year-old Monika Lakatosova and 26-year-old Petra Cinova were involved in bigamous marriages performed for cash.
Lakatosova was among the seven Czech members of the UK marriage visa racket. Her first bogus marriage took place in March 2009 at Bolton register office. Exactly after a period of seven days, Lakatosova again married another person at St. Chrystostom’s and St John Church in Manchester’s Victoria Park. She became a bride for the third time in Sheffield.
Cinova was involved in UK marriage visa racket by marrying two men, one in Cheetham Hill, and another in Bolton.
The UK immigration officials unearthed the UK marriage visa fraud following erratic records of marriages.
As per the reports, participants in the bogus UK marriage visa racket had received as much as £10,000 for every single fake marriage.
As per the UK immigration officials, both Lakatosova and Cinova, who lived in Wavertree, have been jailed for a period of 16 months.
Both are behind bars for assisting bigamy and unlawful UK immigration.
The ring leader of the bogus marriage gang, 37-year-old Vladimir Murko, was the brain behind such marriages in the UK. He allegedly arranged fake marriages in North West for allowing UK permits to Syrian, Nigerian and Pakistani nationals to live and work in the UK.
Cinova was involved in marrying a man at Bolton Register Office in October 2006 while again married another man in Cheetham Hill’s St. John Evangelist Church almost one and a half years later.
The ring leader Murko pocketed £60,000 in this UK marriage visa racket.
The members of the UK marriage visa gang kept on vigil on the unsuspecting vicars in the registry offices to initiate their plans.
When interviewed by the immigration officials, the newly married couples would find it hard to provide details of their relationships with their spouses.
Murko has been jailed for a period of five years and two months for having forged documents and playing with UK immigration rules. Pavel More, another member of the gang, has been jailed for 26 months for his assistance in unlawful immigration.