Immigration cheat behind bars for sham marriage

Vera Jadoonanan was jailed for 18 months for arranging a sham marriage

Vera Jadoonanan was jailed for 18 months for arranging a sham marriage

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A woman who arranged a sham marriage to try to stay in the country has been jailed for 18 months.

Vera Jadoonanan, 39, offered her gay hairdresser £10,000 to become her husband.

But she later threatened him to make sure he backed her applications to the Home Office.

Jadoonanan, from Trinidad and Tobago, came to Britain on a student visa and married the man at Brighton Register Office in August 2006.

He contacted police in 2010 to complain she had been threatening to claim that he had assaulted her if he did not support her visa applications.

The UK Border Agency found they had never lived together.

She was charged with one count of obtaining leave to remain in the UK by deception.

Jadoonanan, of Commercial Road, Eastbourne, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court.

Phil Graysmark, of the UK Border Agency’s Sussex Criminal and Financial Investigation team, said: “This case shows the desperate nature of immigration crime with large sums of money changing hands and people being prepared to enter into a full marriage with someone they barely know simply to cheat the immigration system.

“The UK Border Agency will not tolerate immigration abuse, and we are cracking down on sham marriages all over the country.

"As the sentence handed out today shows, those who seek to cheat immigration laws face heavy penalties.”

A sham marriage scandal erupted in 2009 when vicar Alex Brown, with immigration solicitor Michael Adelasoye and Ukranian Vladymyr Buchak, 33, were found to have set up hundreds of fake marriages in St Leonards.

They were each jailed for four years in 2010.

Anyone who has information about suspicious marriages or other immigration crime can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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2:46pm Tue 20 Dec 11

Maxwell's Ghost says...

There are hundreds of Thai, Russian and other foreign brides brought into the UK by ugly, desperate British men who buy their love via agencies.
They get to stay here.
There are hundreds of Thai, Russian and other foreign brides brought into the UK by ugly, desperate British men who buy their love via agencies. They get to stay here. Maxwell's Ghost
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3:05pm Tue 20 Dec 11

Captain Gardiner says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
There are hundreds of Thai, Russian and other foreign brides brought into the UK by ugly, desperate British men who buy their love via agencies.
They get to stay here.
They are doing it legally. She is a CRIMINAL! The fact you have no conception of the legality or the point being made here or the difference between them only goes to show just how ridiculous it is that you made a living from Journalism for 30 years...apparently..
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: There are hundreds of Thai, Russian and other foreign brides brought into the UK by ugly, desperate British men who buy their love via agencies. They get to stay here.[/p][/quote]They are doing it legally. She is a CRIMINAL! The fact you have no conception of the legality or the point being made here or the difference between them only goes to show just how ridiculous it is that you made a living from Journalism for 30 years...apparently.. Captain Gardiner
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3:19pm Tue 20 Dec 11

Gordonmuppet says...

Very simple-- deport and shred passport --stateless--thats the price to pay.
Very simple-- deport and shred passport --stateless--thats the price to pay. Gordonmuppet
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5:33pm Tue 20 Dec 11

Cash Cow says...

No mention of whether the gay hairdresser is to be prosecuted for his part in this scandal.
No mention of whether the gay hairdresser is to be prosecuted for his part in this scandal. Cash Cow
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6:04pm Tue 20 Dec 11

Captain Gardiner says...

Cash Cow wrote:
No mention of whether the gay hairdresser is to be prosecuted for his part in this scandal.
The Gay Hairdresser (Is there another sort?) Rushed to the POLICE 4 years after he lied and committed fraud in his declaration. Lets hope he gets to experience the joys of Lewes prison for a spell.
[quote][p][bold]Cash Cow[/bold] wrote: No mention of whether the gay hairdresser is to be prosecuted for his part in this scandal.[/p][/quote]The Gay Hairdresser (Is there another sort?) Rushed to the POLICE 4 years after he lied and committed fraud in his declaration. Lets hope he gets to experience the joys of Lewes prison for a spell. Captain Gardiner
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7:04pm Tue 20 Dec 11

Maxwell's Ghost says...

It may be legal Captain, but you will find that most of these Third World brides disappear very quickly once they have citizenship in their own name.
Do you really think a 6ft Russian stunner really falls in love with a labourer from a damp bedsit in Trafalgar Street.
The same with these daft menopausal women who marry tribesmen on holidays and bring them over to the UK to find they are fleecing them for citizenship.
You've been reading to many works of fiction to think that these women marry for love. They come from shi* holes of towns and will do anything to get a break.
Perhaps your next set of online names should come from a romantic novel.
It may be legal Captain, but you will find that most of these Third World brides disappear very quickly once they have citizenship in their own name. Do you really think a 6ft Russian stunner really falls in love with a labourer from a damp bedsit in Trafalgar Street. The same with these daft menopausal women who marry tribesmen on holidays and bring them over to the UK to find they are fleecing them for citizenship. You've been reading to many works of fiction to think that these women marry for love. They come from shi* holes of towns and will do anything to get a break. Perhaps your next set of online names should come from a romantic novel. Maxwell's Ghost
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8:15am Wed 21 Dec 11

george smith says...

I once felt sorry for bought brides being exploited, but having watched a programme on, there is a net work of these women who work out how much the man is worth and how much they can get when they divorce him. A nasty state of affairs got a whole load worse
I once felt sorry for bought brides being exploited, but having watched a programme on, there is a net work of these women who work out how much the man is worth and how much they can get when they divorce him. A nasty state of affairs got a whole load worse george smith
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