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Moroccans paid 5,000 euros for false marriages 

Moroccan citizens paid 5,000 euros to an organised gang which arranged false marriages to keep them in Spain, police have revealed.

Fourteen couples of convenience have been discovered in the provinces of Granada, Almería and Málaga and seven people (five women and two men), between 32 and 47 years of age, have been arrested.

In addition, 21 more people have been investigated for these same crimes and 12 other people have been identified in these events.

The operation began as a result of a complaint filed by a woman in March of last year, in which she revealed that her identity had been usurped by Social Security and that she had been denied a social benefit.

Officers discovered that the accusation was false and that behind it was hidden a whole plot to match de facto couples so that Moroccan citizens who were irregularly in Spain could resolve their situation.

Each woman persuaded to marry a Moroccan was promised between 1000 and 2000 euros but only received 100 or 200 euros.