Sham groom caught out after going straight to 'lads only' holiday
Published 15/03/2013 | 09:56
A man was jailed yesterday for his part in a sham marriage plot after he went on a month-long “lads only” holiday immediately after his supposed wedding.
Jason Proctor, 40, of Blackburn,was part of a gang who earned money illegally helping Vietnamese immigrants stay in Britain.
He and Kevin Donnelly, 34, were each paid to pose as bridegrooms as part of a sham marriage plot in Preston, Chorley and Blackburn between 2008 and 2010.
Proctor, earned more than £2,000 to enter into a sham marriage Vietnamese nail bar worker Thi Le Quyen Le, 23, at a register office in May 2010.
Meanwhiile Donnelly, of Oswaldtwistle, was paid £1,500 to enter into a sham marriage with Vietnamese businesswoman Trang Thi Thuy Luu - the plot's suspected ringleader - in October 2008.
Both he and his "bride", who was known as Louise, separated after the ceremony.
Proctor married Thi Le with the same registrar, with Donnelly as a witness, which enabled Le's student visa to be renewed.
But the scam was uncovered after Proctor went on a month-long "lads only" holiday to Benidorm just three weeks after the ceremony while his “bride” stayed behind in Lancashire.
The gang arranged wedding ceremonies and provided pictures of the ceremonies to the Home Office as proof of their relationships. Yesterday at Preston Crown Court, the pair were each jailed for 10 months.
Amanda Nolan, 28, Denny Wallace, 22, and Gemma Nelson, 28, all of Blackburn, were each handed suspended sentences for their part in the plot.
All five were convicted of committing an act of deception to facilitate non EU nationals to remain or enter the UK.
"They were paid large sums of month to enter into marriages of convenience, which were a complete sham." said Det Supt Julie Cross, from Lancashire Police.
"They spent a lot of time and money to deceive the authorities, creating the impression that they were genuine marriages."
Miss Luu, a 24 year-old nail bar owner known, was the "spider at the centre of a web" was later arrested following a police raid but absconded from bail.
Police say enquiries are ongoing to trace a further three people who are believed to be involved in the plot.
These are 24-year-old Tuan Hoang Luu, Thi Le Quyen Le, 23, and a 23-year-old man, Dat Van Vu.