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Brian St Louis and Beth Crocker defend in sham marriage ring

By December 18, 2014No Comments

Brian St Louis and Beth Crocker have just finished a 7 week trial at Birmingham Crown Court defending the ringleader of a sham marriage conspiracy (reported here).  ZA was tried on 6 counts of Conspiracy to Facilitate the Commission of the Breach of Immigration Law by organising sham marriages between Indian / Pakistani Nationals and Eastern European citizens living in Britain in order to secure residency in Britain.  One of the ‘sham’ grooms turned ‘Queen’s Evidence’ and gave evidence against ZA on behalf of the Crown. He was said to have earned in excess of £10k for each marriage, holding himself out as an Immigration lawyer who managed the shams that culminated in visa applications to stay in Britain.