Sham marriage woman sentenced

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THE girlfriend of one of the men involved in the sham marriage scam has been sentenced for supplying fake details during a wedding.

Larisa Kuznecova, 28, appeared at Hove Crown Court this week where she was given a 12-month conditional discharge after earlier admitting entering false details into the marriage register at St Peter’s Church, off Bohemia Road.

Kuznecova, a Latvian national, shared a flat in Anglesea Terrace, St Leonards, with Vladymyr Buchak, with whom she had a son. Buchak was sentenced to four years in jail after he was convicted of arranging more than 350 bogus weddings in a bid to get round immigration laws, along with Rev Alex Brown and Michael Adelasoye.

Speaking after this week’s sentencing, Detective Inspector Andy Cummins, of the UK Border Agency, said: “If we uncover marriages that are not genuine, we will challenge them and prosecute where appropriate. Our main aim is to identify the organisers who profit from and fuel the demand for sham marriages, and destroy their criminal business.”