Wembley man convicted of taking part in £20m fake marriage scam

Furrah Kosimov has been found guilty in his absence

Furrah Kosimov has been found guilty in his absence - Credit: Archant

Furrah Kosimov, 29, worked as an immigration advisor at Souleiman GA Solicitors

An immigration adviser from Wembley is facing jail for his role in a £20million fake marriage scam which took place at the solicitor’s firm where he worked.

Furrah Kosimov, 29, of Rosebank Avenue, who jumped bailed, was tried in his absence and found guilty of conspiracy to breach immigration law and money laundering today.

The 29-year-old worked at Souleiman GA Solicitors, in north London, and is believed to have fled his native Uzbekistan.

Solicitor Tevfick Souleiman, 39, from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, and immigration adviser Cenk Guclu, 41, from Enfield, north London, were also convicted of conspiracy to breach immigration law.

Both were additionally convicted of receiving proceeds of crime.

Another of the firm’s immigration advisers, Zafer Altinbas, 38, from Islington, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to breach immigration law and receiving money from the proceeds of crime as the trial started.

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The Old Bailey heard more than 1,000 men, including members of the Albanian mafia, were able to live in Britain by taking part in sham marriages arranged by the solicitor’s firm.

Women from eastern European countries were flown to Britain to marry men from outside the EU.

They turned up at register offices having never met, and were sometimes unable to speak a common language.

The scam went on for eight years, between 2004 and last year, under the noses of the authorities.

Men would pay up to £14,000 for a marriage package, the court heard.

This would include fake tenancy agreements, employer’s references and forged documents. And to convince officials that their marriages were genuine, there would also be a Mills and Boon-type love story scripted for them.

All four will be sentenced on Monday.

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