British woman arrested as part of triple “wedding of convenience” scam
A British woman has been arrested in the Canary Islands for being involved in a “marriage of convenience” scam.
The Brit, who has not been named, is said to have married a Cuban man she had never met before so he could get papers to stay in Spain.
Police on the holiday island of Fuerteventura also arrested two other Spanish men at the same time. One is alleged to have married the Cuban man’s partner and the other, an aunt of the couple who had two children and wanted to live in Spain.
The amount of money which changed hands for the three false marriages has not been revealed.
Canary police have confirmed the woman’s nationality as British and confirmed she faces prison for promoting illegal immigration.
They said the trio arrested had no prior connection whatsoever with the three people they married and did so simply to allow the Cuban citizens to get into Spain. The aunt of the Cuban partners travelled over to the Canaries specifically for the arranged marriage after managing to get a travel visa.
Government official in Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, raised the alert after becoming suspicious about requests for various certificates to allow three marriages.
The British woman is a legal resident of Spain.
Last October, more than 20 people were prosecuted for being part of a system of false marriages in the Canaries. Some received sentences of three months in prison, the others fines of 540 euros.
The leaders of the organisation, a lawyer and her partner, face eleven years in prison for crimes of forgery of documents and against the right of foreigners but are still on the run.