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Luton woman jailed over marriage payment scam

A woman from Luton who was paid to pretend she was married to a Pakistani man to allow him to stay in the UK has been jailed for eight months.

Judge Michael Kay QC told Izabela Glazowska she had no way of knowing that Ashar Rathore was not a terrorist.

The 43-year-old of Green Court admitted conspiracy to facilitate a breach of UK immigration laws at Luton Crown Court.

Mr Rathore, 32, who set up the scam so he could stay with his real wife, was jailed for two years last week.

He provided fake documents to support the lie that they were in a committed relationship and living together, the court heard.

Glazowska was paid £250 a month for 10 months. She was arrested in December 2010.

Minal Raj, defending, said Glazowska had pressing financial problems at the time.

Judge Kay said: "You knew you were assisting a Pakistani male but no more than that.

"You could have been helping anyone, including a terrorist, which is an important feature of this case.

"You are just the sort of person that those involved in this sort of activity will seek out - someone in financial difficulties who is prepared to lend their support in return for financial gain."

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