World Crackdown on a network of organizing sham weddings, six people indicted
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The gendarmes of the research section of Reims (Marne) dismantled an alleged network of sham marriages operating throughout France. The people indicted on Friday are suspected of having pocketed more than 2 million euros thanks to the organization of nearly 150 illegal unions between 2016 and 2021.
The union of convenience was billed 23,000.00 € on average: six members of an organization of, suspected of having arranged several hundred false weddings in France, were indicted on Friday February 19, we learned from a source close to the investigation .
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The structure, based in the, was headed by a woman, "a super wedding planner" , who was placed in pre-trial detention as part of a judicial investigation opened by the prosecution of , said this source.
The others indicted, including members of his family, were placed under judicial supervision. "Between 25 and 30 white marriages were organized per year, in the Ardennes, the Marne and in the Paris region" , explained the source close to the investigation.€ 8,000 for the false groom
In total, the gendarmes of the research section ofsuspect the group of having pocketed a little more than 2 million euros for the organization of "several hundred" of fraudulent unions, but were only able to retain 88 suspicious marriages over the non-prescribed period, between 2016 and 2021.
Of the € 23,000 billed to the foreign national, the organizer pocketed € 13,000 and the French false husband 8,000. To this was added the cost of false documents to be provided, delivered in kits, to prove the alleged community of life, such as false telephone bills.
During the searches, € 13,000 in cash were seized, as well as wedding dresses.
"These sham marriages were aimed at obtaining residence permits, benefiting from protection against a removal measure or quite simply acquiring French nationality" , detailed the close source. The various prefectures concerned were informed so that they can initiate union cancellation procedures.
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