A Singaporean court has jailed two Vietnamese women for arranging a sham marriage between a Vietnamese woman and a Singaporean man three years ago for immigration benefits, The Strait Times reported.
Nguyen Thi Yen, 41, was sentenced to nine months in jail and fined US$2,200 in a trial on Thursday while her accomplice Le Thi Tra My, 31, was sentenced to seven months in jail on April 5.
According to Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, in February 2013, My suggested to the bride involved in the sham marriage that she marry a Singaporean in order to apply for a Long-Term Visit Pass and extend her stay in Singapore. In return, the woman would pay her $5,509.
The woman agreed, and My introduced her to Yen, who then found her a suitable groom who would get a cut of the bride’s money.
The wedding took place at a Peninsula Plaza restaurant on March 18, 2013.
Later that year, the bride and groom were each jailed for six months for entering into the fake marriage.
Under Singaporean laws, the maximum punishment for contracting or entering into a sham marriage is a $7,345 fine and 10 years' jail term.