Sussex vicar guilty of immigration marriage scam

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  1. The Reverend Alex Brown denied knowing the marriages were false
    A vicar has been found guilty of carrying out hundreds of fake marriages to bypass immigration law.

    Of the 383 weddings Reverend Alex Brown conducted over four years at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in St Leonards, Sussex, 360 of them were shams.

    Crown Prosecution Service said it was thought to be the largest sham marriage case it had brought to court.

    The jury at Lewes Crown Court convicted the 61-year-old of conspiring to facilitate illegal immigration.

    Two co-defendants have also been found guilty of the same offence.

    One co-defendant, Vladymyr Buchak, 33, paid eastern Europeans up to £3,000 each to marry Africans, mainly from Nigeria.

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    BBC News - Sussex vicar guilty of immigration marriage scam
     
  2. Command_doh

    Command_doh LE Book Reviewer

    Not exactly a revelation these days. Sham marriages are ten an penny now. The difficulty we have in our hand wringing society is doing something about it and then actually imposing a prohibitive sentence on the 'white collar' offender.
     
  3. True, I suspect sticking a priest in prison is hardly a punishment.
     
  4. Hang the ****.
     
  5. ...... and all those who took part in the 360 sham weddings
     
  6. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    He's got a dodgy, shit old church in my local town, and his mewling that he didn't know they were dodgy was pathetic in the extreme, evidenced by the fact that in the previous years he'd average about 18 marriages per year, and suddenly jumped to over 300 . . . .
     
  7. Lets hope all those that were had sham weddings get deported as they have all breached the immigration laws. Doubt it will ever happen though.
     
  8. Perhaps the married couples should be deported to whatever shithole the one who wanted a passport came from in the first place.