Walthamstow woman jailed for eight months after second attempted sham marriage

Aneta Kaleeva of Garner Road, Walthamstow.

Arfat Hussain of Tooting.

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A woman and her 'partner' have been jailed for trying to enter into a sham marriage.

Aneta Kaleeva, a 25-year-old Bulgarian of Garner Road, Walthamstow, and Pakistani national Arfat Hussain, 24, from Toting, were arrested moments before their ceremony was due to take place on January 3 last year at the Morden Register Office.

The couple both admitted perjury charges during a trial at Croydon Crown Court on Wednhesday and were sentenced to eight months in prison. 

Hussain had been trying to gain leave to remain in the UK as the spouse of a European Economic Area national.

But the court heard how there was little interaction between the pair, according to register office staff who alerted the Home Office.

Kaleeva had also previously tried to marry a 28-year-old Bangladeshi man whose right to stay in the UK had been shortened the court heard.

That attempted marriage was cancelled at the last minute and the man voluntarily left the UK shortly afterwards.

Hannah Shirley, from the Home Office's immigration enforcement criminal investigations team, said: "We are working closely with registrars to clamp down on sham weddings and civil partnerships. These convictions are examples of the success that we are having.

"Where there are suspicions that a relationship may not be genuine we will investigate and, if necessary, intervene to stop it happening."

The judge ordered two further charges of facilitation, knowingly assisting another in a crime, to remain on file.

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4:08pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

Strange goings on in Toting.
Strange goings on in Toting. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

10:57am Sat 25 Jan 14

cynicalsue says...

Did he leave the country or return to Toting?
Did he leave the country or return to Toting? cynicalsue
  • Score: 1

4:11pm Sat 25 Jan 14

westside_o says...

Jailed.
We pay for the duration.
Hope they are both deported.
Don't mind paying for that.
Jailed. We pay for the duration. Hope they are both deported. Don't mind paying for that. westside_o
  • Score: 11

7:24am Sun 26 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

westside_o wrote:
Jailed.
We pay for the duration.
Hope they are both deported.
Don't mind paying for that.
The wedding brought ears to the taxpayers eyes.
[quote][p][bold]westside_o[/bold] wrote: Jailed. We pay for the duration. Hope they are both deported. Don't mind paying for that.[/p][/quote]The wedding brought ears to the taxpayers eyes. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

12:44pm Sun 26 Jan 14

myopinioncounts says...

This is her second attempt at a sham marriage! What is wrong with our laws that we cannot deport these people?
We could stop sham marriages by refusing a marriage if neither person is a UK citizen. If they had to return to the country of the EU citizen to marry and the non EU person was then only allowed to live and work in the spouse's country there would be NO incentive as only Britain attracts this scam.
This is her second attempt at a sham marriage! What is wrong with our laws that we cannot deport these people? We could stop sham marriages by refusing a marriage if neither person is a UK citizen. If they had to return to the country of the EU citizen to marry and the non EU person was then only allowed to live and work in the spouse's country there would be NO incentive as only Britain attracts this scam. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 9

12:46pm Sun 26 Jan 14

myopinioncounts says...

PS. I get so annoyed reading headlines like this. She is not in my mind a "Walthamstow woman", she is a Bulgarian who happens to be living in Walthamstow.
PS. I get so annoyed reading headlines like this. She is not in my mind a "Walthamstow woman", she is a Bulgarian who happens to be living in Walthamstow. myopinioncounts
  • Score: 9

10:25pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
PS. I get so annoyed reading headlines like this. She is not in my mind a "Walthamstow woman", she is a Bulgarian who happens to be living in Walthamstow.
No, she is lady from Walthamstow, originally from Bulgaria.

What does all this matter anyhow, she is essentially a crook.
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: PS. I get so annoyed reading headlines like this. She is not in my mind a "Walthamstow woman", she is a Bulgarian who happens to be living in Walthamstow.[/p][/quote]No, she is lady from Walthamstow, originally from Bulgaria. What does all this matter anyhow, she is essentially a crook. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

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