Seven charged in probe into fake wedding scam
Jul 23 2009 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
SEVEN people have been charged following arrests made by immigration officers over a suspected international marriage scam in West Yorkshire.
The accused, six men and one woman aged between 21 and 34, originate from the Czech Republic, Nigeria and Liberia.
The charges include conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration and unlawful possession of fraudulent documentation.
Five other Nigerian men are being held in custody pending deportation.
The charges follow an operation which saw police and UK Border Agency officers swoop at Hartshead Moor services on the M62.
They arrested 14 people at a service station on the M62 and in Scholes and Cleckheaton on Monday, hours before two weddings were due to take place in West Yorkshire.
Veronica Horvathora, 21, Dennis Baiger, 26, Peter Abiodun, 27, all from Bradford and Adeloa Adewole, 29, Adeola Orobiyi, 28, Richard Okunade, 34, all from Manchester, were charged with conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration.
Horvathora, Abiodun, Adewole and Orobiyi were also charged with unlawful possession of fraudulent documentation with intent.
They are due to appear before magistrates in Leeds.
Dickson Daniel, 24, of County Galway, was charged with possessing an article for use in fraud and possessing identity documents with intent and is to appear before magistrates in Manchester.
Another man is on bail pending further inquiries. The rest have been released.