Groom uncle jailed for wedding scam

Sham marriage trial''Mahtab Khan (photo attached is for identification purposes only - not for broadcast or print until after trial ''please treat as embargoed for pre and during the trial
Sham marriage trial''Mahtab Khan (photo attached is for identification purposes only - not for broadcast or print until after trial ''please treat as embargoed for pre and during the trial

A MAN arrested during a sham marriage has been jailed for 46 weeks.

Mahtab Khan, 37, of Horbury Road, Ossett, pleaded guilty to plotting to breach immigration law with four other offenders at Sheffield Crown Court.

Mr Khan, the uncle of Pakistani “groom” Sajid Ali, was found to have £1,400 in his pocket when Border Agency officers raided the ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall on September 10 last year.

He had denied that the money was payment for Slovakian “bride” Renata Toracova until speaking with his barrister before the sentencing.

Ali, who was set to gain permanent residence in the UK from the marriage, was jailed for 12 months.

Toracova, her boyfriend Ladislav Mizagar with whom she is pregnant, and her nephew Michal Gazi were also jailed for their involvement in the sham.

Suspicions were raised when the group attended Sheffield Register Office to complete forms in August.

Deputy Supt Registrar Lois Bradley realised the bride and groom did not speak each other’s language and appeared to be interacting with each other falsely.

Recorder Paul Reid said: “It was obvious to all it was a sham marriage, planned in advance but carried out in a hasty, haphazard and amateur fashion, but designed to flaunt immigration laws.

“The offence is treated with great seriousness by this country.”