A BOGUS bride has been jailed after her sham marriage was rumbled because she could only communicate with her groom using Google Translate.
The registrar became suspicious when Slovakian Marcela Banomova, 36, and Indian Lovepreet Singh, 24, could hardly talk to each other.
Marcela Banomova’s sham marriage to Lovepreet Singh was exposed when the ‘couple’ needed Google Translate to communicate[/caption]
A suspicious registrar tipped off cops about the marriage which had been arranged so that Singh could stay in the UK[/caption]
She tipped off the authorities but the case took four years to come to court.
By then Banomova and her partner, fellow Slovakian Martin Kovac, who was in on the scam, had fled.
Singh was jailed for 30 months in 2016 for conspiracy to facilitate illegal migration and Banomova and Kovac, both of Wolverhampton, were given the same sentence in their absence.
They were finally held in Germany last month and brought back to the UK where they have both now been jailed at Teesside crown court. They were also given an extra four months for failing to appear at their trial.
Banomova and Singh tied the knot at Stockton-on-Tees Register Office in 2012, a year after his student visa expired.
She reckoned she had split with Kovac and moved in to a flat in Stockton, Teesside, with Singh.
Singh, of Jarrow, South Tyneside, had denied the marriage – arranged within two months of them meeting – was fake and maintained the couple were in a loving relationship.
He said at his trial: “I’ve realised that I’ve been used and treated very badly and that she was not in love with me. She was lying to me.”
But prosecutor David Brooke said they married for a “residence card, not for love”.
He added: “The marriage was entered to enable him to remain in the UK. To do so is a criminal offence.”
After their arrest police discovered that they had communicated over their phones by putting questions and answers to each other through Google translate.
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Dave Magrath, of Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI), said: “Our officers were determined that Banomova would never evade the jail term she was sentenced to in her absence.
“The sham marriage she was involved in was a serious offence. It was designed to turn a profit from abusing the UK’s immigration laws.
“The hard work of the CFI in returning her to the UK means that she will now rightfully serve her jail time.”
After the scam was exposed, Banomova went on the run and was convicted of conspiracy to facilitate illegal migration in her absence[/caption]
She fled the country with her real love and co-conspirator, Slovakian Martin Kovac[/caption]
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