Sisters not jailed over sham marriage plot

Crown Court GV'
Crown Court GV'

Two sisters who attempted to defraud the Home Office by providing documents saying they had wed men from Africa were spared jail when they appeared at Northampton Crown Court.

Noemia Luis, 29, from Lyveden Place in Kettering, and Leticia Luis, 26, formerly of Dover Close in Corby, agreed to provide pay slips and other personal documents to immigration officials in a bid to convince them they were married to two men from Ghana, Alfred Gabusu and David Wilson.

The sisters, who pleaded guilty to immigration offences, are originally from Portugal.

The court heard Leticia Luis was paid £500 for providing the documents.

They were caught out in a Home Office campaign called Operation Zarko which aimed to crack down on sham marriages.

Noemia Luis was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, while Leticia was given a 10-month sentence, also suspended last week. Both were also handed 250-hour community sentences.

Alfred Gabusu was also listed to appear in court, but the judge was told that he had gone missing after being given bail at his last court appearance.