Slovak sham bride who needed Google Translate to work with the & # 39; spouse & # 39; to speak of India that she was married so that he could stay in the UK is imprisoned after two years of running
- Marcela Banomova married Lovepreet Singh at Stockton Register Office in 2012
- They were revealed by a suspicious registrar who informed Home Office
- She fled the UK in 2016 for her trial for violating immigration legislation
- Banomova was arrested in Germany in March and returned to the UK in April
- She faced Teesside Crown Court and was sentenced to two and a half years' imprisonment
A woman who entered into a sham marriage so that the Indian groom could stay in the UK was imprisoned after two years.
Marcela Banomova, a Slovak citizen, married 24-year-old Lovepreet Singh at Stockton Register Office in 2012, but they were exposed after a registrar became suspicious and informed the Home Office.
Marcela Banomova, a Slovak citizen, 36, has been imprisoned for two and a half years for marrying the Indian & # 39; husband & # 39; Lovepreet Singh so he can stay in the UK
The 36-year-old and her current partner, Martin Kovac, 44 – who was a scam – fled the UK in November 2016 awaiting trial for violating immigration legislation.
Banomova remained in Europe until her arrest in Neu-Isenburg, Stadtwald, Germany and in pre-trial detention in March.
Neither Banomova or Kovac could speak English fluently and they sometimes had to use Google Translate to communicate.
She was escorted back to the UK on Thursday, April 18, and faced Teesside Crown Court on the same day, where she was sentenced to two and a half years in prison during her absence.
Banomova also received a four-month custody for not appearing at her 2016 trial.
Banomova fled from the UK to Europe with her partner Martin Kovac, 44 (photo) – who was a scam. He was arrested in Germany in December and sent back to the UK. He stood opposite the Teesside Crown Court and was sentenced to two and a half years' imprisonment
This should be carried out consecutively until the 30-month prison sentence she received in her absence on November 18, 2016 for conspiracy to facilitate illegal migration.
She is the last of the trio to be brought to justice after her partner was treated earlier this month.
Kovac was arrested again in Germany in December and sent back to Britain, Teeside Live reported.
He appeared at the Teesside Crown Court hearing, via video link from Durham Prison in April, and was again sentenced to two and a half years in prison, this time with an additional four months.
Lovepreet Singh got the same sentence in 2016, but was the only one of the three who attended the hearing.
Banomova & # 39; s husband Lovepreet Singh, 24, (left) received the same sentence in 2016, but was the only one of the three who attended the hearing
The Slovak citizen married Singh in the Stockton Register Office in 2012, but they were unmasked after a registrar became suspicious and informed the Home Office.
Dave Magrath of Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI) said: & # 39; CFI officials were determined that Banomova should not escape the 30-month prison sentence she received during her absence in 2016.
& # 39; The sham marriage she was involved in was a serious offense, intended to make a profit by abusing UK immigration legislation.
& # 39; The hard work of CFI to bring her back to the UK means that she will now do justice to her imprisonment. & # 39;