New arrests in marriage visa scam

17th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Four people have been arrested in the Netherlands for entering into sham marriages in Britain. A spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor’s office reported Wednesday that two men and two women from Rotterdam and The Hague are currently being held by military police.

Two weeks ago, a 37-year-old man was arrested along with eight suspects in England. The military police say the arrest was made at the request of British authorities who have been monitoring the case since 2008.

Those arrested are suspected of entering into illegal marriages with mostly Nigerian nationals, in order to help them gain residence permits. The permit gives Nigerians legal status and access to all countries in the European Union. 

The women involved in the arrest are living in Britain but are of Dutch Antillean descent. They are being transported back to the Netherlands.

An organisation said to be behind the illegal arrangements offset the couples with bonuses amounting to more than 5,000 euros. Among those arrested is the suspected head of the organisation, said the public prosecutor. 

During military police raids Wednesday, officers found boxes full of stolen designer clothes, perfumes and smartphones. The goods will be handed over to British authorities.

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