Sham marriage foiled after 'bride' spotted was outside registry office with her real boyfriend

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  • Registrar in Llandudno saw bride holding hands with real boyfriend
  • Svetlana Kokenyova, 20, from Czech Republic, to be paid £3,000 to marry Ali Ansar, from Pakistan, so he could stay in UK
  • The pair and Kokenyova's boyfriend Vladimir Bango jailed on Tuesday

By Becky Evans

PUBLISHED: 18:15 GMT, 28 May 2013 | UPDATED: 18:15 GMT, 28 May 2013

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A sham marriage was foiled when a registrar saw the would-be bride holding hands with her real boyfriend.

Svetlana Kokenyova, 20, was to be paid £3,000 for marrying Pakistani student Ali Ansar at the registry office in Llandudno, North Wales.

However, the plan was rumbled when the registrar spotted Kokenyova, from the Czech Republic, hand-in-hand with her real boyfriend Vladimir Bango, 21.

Svetlana Kokenyova was spotted hand-in-hand with her real boyfriend in the Llandudno registry car park

Svetlana Kokenyova was spotted hand-in-hand with her real boyfriend in the Llandudno registry car park

The pair was seen in the registry office car park after she had given notice of the planned marriage.

The three were jailed at Caernarfon Crown Court today.

Prosecutor Wyn Lloyd Jones said the aim was to enable Ansar, a student in this country illegally, to remain in Britain.

They were arrested after the registrar contacted the UK Border Agency, who were waiting for the bride and groom to return to the office.

Kokenyova, living in Salford, was sentenced to 10 months in prison, and her boyfriend Bango, also from the Czech Republic was jailed for one year.

 Caernarfon Crown Court, pictured

Kokenyova was to be paid £3,000 to marry Pakistani student Ali Ansar but the pair and her real boyfriend Vladimir Bango were jailed for between 10 months and 21 months at Caernarfon Crown Court, pictured

Ansar was sentenced to 14 months after admitting conspiring to facilitate a breach of immigration law.

Parvez Tabassam, 50, Pervaiz Iqbal, 41, Abip Aslam, 37, who organised the would-be sham marriage were jailed for between 16 months and 21 months after admitting the same offence.

Judge Philip Hughes said: 'Those people like you who involve themselves in this type of criminal activity must be made to understand, if caught, they will be dealt with robustly and immediate prison sentences will follow.'


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