Acting on intelligence, UKBA officers from the Thames Valley immigration crime team swooped on Oxford Register Office at around midday on 8 June 2010, just as the service was about to start.
The would-be bride, a 19-year-old Polish national, and her groom, a 30-year-old Indian male were both arrested on suspicion of perjury. Two witnesses, a Polish female and a British male were also arrested on suspicion of assisting illegal immigration.
The 30-year-old Indian male has now been charged with two counts of perjury.
Terry Gibbs, head of the UK Border Agency’s Oxfordshire local immigration team, said:
‘We are working closely with registrars to identify marriages that may not be genuine, and where we suspect that may be the case we will investigate. We are committed to striking at the heart of illegal immigration and tackling those who break the rules.’