Two Vietnamese women are standing trial in Singapore for arranging a scam marriage between a Singaporean man and a Vietnamese woman, according to media reports.
Nguyen Thi Yen, 40, and Le Thi Tra My, 29, are each facing a jail term of up to 10 years plus a fine of up to SGD10,000 (US$7,000) if found guilty under the Immigration Act, Yahoo News reported.
They were found arranging the “marriage of convenience” between 48-year-old Tan Teck Heng and 34-year-old Nguyen Thi Tu, both of whom had been found guilty under the Immigration Act, the report said.
Tan said as taking the stand as a prosecution witness Tuesday that his nephew suggested him to take the marriage deal and he agreed. He said he needed money to pay around $2,000 owed to the nephew.
He said he received a total of $1,150 from the arrangement, which would allow Tu to stay and work for a karaoke parlor in Singapore.
They registered their marriage on March 18, 2013 and Tan was supposed to take Tu to Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority every month to have her passport stamped and renew her visa.
But Tan said he only managed to do it twice before the authorities arrested him in June 2013 and put him in jail soon after that. It is not immediately clear how the fraud was discovered.
The trial on Yen and My is scheduled to last for seven days.