Sham scams are a big moneyspinner
Sham marriage fixers are raking in thousands of pounds every year from foreign nationals desperate to stay in Northern Ireland.
They charge despairing clients who are facing deportation up to £10,000 to arrange weddings with locals.
Once the nuptials are completed the fixer hands some of the cash to the Northern Irish bride or groom, but keeps the rest to himself.
Police first realised the scale of Ulster’s sham marriage problem in 2007 when they arrested Nigerian Alexander Success. When they searched his Derry home they found passports, wedding certificates and birth certificates.
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