Sham wedding bride caught in bed with real boyfriend

A Latvian woman was found in bed with her real boyfriend the day before a planned sham wedding to another man.

At Peterborough Crown Court, Irina Iljina, 22, and "bridegroom" Parminder Singh, 22, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to breach immigration laws.

On 16 December, UK Border Agency officers found Iljina in bed with a man she later admitted was her boyfriend.

A registrar became suspicious and tipped off the authorities when Iljina and Singh went to make wedding plans.

Singh also admitted a perjury charge.

The court was told Singh, in the UK on a valid working holiday visa, had hoped marriage to an EU national would aid his bid to gain long-term residency in the UK with the associated rights to work and claim benefits.

Traced on computer

Concerns about the legitimacy of the couple's relationship arose when they visited Peterborough Register Office on 30 November to make wedding arrangements for the wedding on 17 December.

Suspicious of the lack of interaction between the couple and of their limited knowledge about one another, the registrar contacted the UK Border Agency, the court heard.

Iljina was arrested at a house in Alexander Road, Peterborough, where she was found in bed with a man who was not her husband-to-be.

She later admitted the man was her boyfriend.

Singh gave his address as Gladstone Street but he could not be traced there.

His details were subsequently circulated on the police national computer and he was arrested by Thames Valley Police in Maidenhead.

The pair are due to be sentenced on 28 January.

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