Sham marriages 'fixer' is jailed

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A "fixer" who recruited desperate "brides" at the gates of a Bradford primary school for sham marriages to illegal immigrants was on the run today after failing to turn up at Court for sentence.

Polish mother-of-four Andzelina Surmaj, 30, formerly of Girlington Road, Girlington was jailed in her absence for three years and eight months which she will serve if or when she is arrested.

Her partner-in-crime, Czech national Milan Cina, 38, formerly of Lister Gardens, Manningham, was jailed for five years at Burnley Crown Court.

Both acted as brokers, charging illegal immigrants thousands of pounds to arrange bogus weddings to EU nationals so they could stay in the UK.

The pair, both Roma gypsies, admitted their part in arranging six sham marriages in East Lancashire and Manchester between December 2008 and July 2009.

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