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Sham marriage fixer Akinwale Akinmade jailed for two years
A sham marriage fixer from Tottenham has been jailed for two years after his cover was blown.
Akinwale Akinmade, of Turner Avenue, Seven Sisters, was arrested at London Bridge station for conspiracy to facilitate a non-EU national to remain in the UK.
The 37-year old worked with Taofik Amao, 50, of Stanfield Gardens, Dagenham, to attempt to arrange a fake wedding.
The marriage was to be between Dutch national Scheyecka Nowells, 27, and Nigerian national Oluwaseun Olukokun, 31, of Stanmore Road, Birmingham, in October 2012.
However, Nowells and Olukokun were summoned for a marriage interview with Home Office staff after they became suspicious that the relationship may not be genuine.
They were questioned and Nowells admitted that the intended marriage was a sham and claimed that the ‘fixers’ could be seen carrying her red suitcase at London Bridge Station.
Nowells, Amao and Olukokun were arrested for the same offence.
According to their statements Amao was implicated as the main fixer and this was backed up by evidence gathered from his mobile phone and laptop computer.
Nowells, Olukokun and Akinmade pleaded guilty to the charges and were jailed for 12 months, 18 months and two years respectively at Woolwich Crown Court on February 1, 2013.
Amao was charged with conspiracy to facilitate a breach of immigration law on February 20, 2013.
He was found guilty by a jury following a ten day trial at the Old Bailey which finished on September 12.
Yesterday he was sentenced to spend two and a half years in prison.
Hannah Shirley, from the Home Office’s Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigations team, said: “Amao clearly thought that he could run roughshod over the UK’s immigration rules and make a profit from his criminality.
“He was wrong as our officers caught up with him and brought him to justice.
“The Home Office is cracking down on all forms of immigration crime, no matter how large or small, and those who seek to cheat immigration laws face prosecution and conviction.”
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