Lancashire

Lancashire bogus wedding bigamist sentenced

A woman who agreed to be a bride in a bogus wedding in Lancashire for £2,000 has been sentenced for bigamy.

Natasa Lakatosova, 38, of Cranbourne Road, Liverpool, took part in the wedding ceremony to help a Nigerian national cheat UK immigration rules.

Burnley Crown Court heard she went through with the fake vows in June 2009 despite being married to her husband for more than 17 years.

She was given a six month jail sentence suspended for two years.

Officers from the UK Border Agency arrested Lakatosova at home on 27 May as part of an ongoing operation targeting sham marriages.

'Strong message'

Lakatosova of Galloway Street in Liverpool, admitted bigamy at a hearing at Burnley Crown Court in September. The groom will no longer be allowed to remain in the UK.

Dave Magrath, head of the UK Border Agency immigration crime team in the North West, said: "Today's sentencing sends out a strong message to those thinking of undertaking sham marriages in order to gain entry to the UK or seeking to make a profit from helping others to do so.

"We have specialist teams of immigration officers and police working to investigate cases just like this to ensure people are not able to benefit from breaking the UK's immigration laws.

"Whether you take part in the marriage or arrange for others to stage fake weddings we are determined to track down those involved and bring them to justice."

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