Four men and women found guilty of sham marriage immigration fraud

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Four men and women from Sheffield and Rotherham have been found guilty of taking part in a sham marriage ring to breach immigration laws.

A Sheffield man who masterminded a sham marriage ring and three brides and grooms were found guilty of conspiracy to facilitate a breach of immigration law by jurors at Sheffield Crown Court.

Masoud Rasab, aged 38, from Firth Park, organised weddings for men who were desperate to stay in the country between November 2009 and July 2013.

Sabrina Khan, aged 29, of Wade Close, Broom, Rotherham, married Umair Hussain, aged 28, of Scott Road, Pitsmoor, a month after they met in October 2011.

Khan helped Hussain stay in the country and he made 15 payments into her bank account. Both were found guilty.

Alisha Mahmood, aged 21 of Avon Mount, Masbrough, Rotherham, married another man, Muhammad Ishaque, who was not on trial.

Mahmood, who was also found guilty, acted as a ‘scout’ for cash and recruited Keeley Cox into the scam.

Cox, who had already pleaded guilty, married Yasir Awan, who was also not being tried.

The scam was exposed after Nottingham’s deputy superintendent registrar became suspicious of Mahmood and Ishaque’s wedding because there was ‘little interaction’ between them and reported them to the Home Office.

A third man, Tahir Siddique, aged 41, of St Lawrence Glebe, Tinsley, was found not guilty.

The group will be sentenced on Monday at 2pm.