Six Singapore ‘husbands’ and their Vietnamese ‘wives’ have been convicted of registering sham marriages, along with two masterminds behind a sham marriage syndicate.
Singaporean man Adrian Kin Zheng Keat, aged 37, and Vietnamese woman Ho Thi Be Ba, 31, were identified as the masterminds behind the syndicate after facilitating at least six false unions between men in Singapore and Vietnamese women since 2016, Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore) reported.
Kin was jailed for 18 months and fined for S$24,000 (US$18,193) while Ho was also jailed for 18 months. Couples were jailed for terms from six months to 15 months.
The court learned that the six men aged between 24 and 57 entered into sham unions for monetary returns, while the six Vietnamese women aged from 23 to 34 wanted to have their stay extended to work in vice-related jobs in Singapore.
In order to make the marriages appear genuine, the “groom” flew to Vietnam for a wedding photo shoot with his Vietnamese “bride”, and some lived together to familiarise themselves with the role they played.
Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said a total of 53 people were convicted of sham marriages in 2017 – a 23% rise from 43 in 2016.