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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 January, 2005, 15:58 GMT
Woman 'set up marriages for cash'
A woman was paid 11,000 a time for setting up scam marriages to help Indian men skip immigration procedures, Isleworth Crown Court has heard.

Jaswinder Gill, 41, allegedly told some of the young girls they would work in India as models or in the beauty trade.

On Tuesday the prosecution said Mrs Gill received 11,000 from a bridegroom to arrange the bogus wedding while the woman involved was paid 1,500.

Mrs Gill of Hayes, west London, denies assisting illegal entry into the UK.

'Woman abandoned'

She also denies conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The court heard Mrs Gill had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to assist illegal entry and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration to a member state.

Her husband Darshan Gill, 40, also admits the same charges and denies assisting illegal entry into the UK.

Robin Johnson, prosecutor, gave an account of the alleged experiences of Manveer Bhatti; a woman who claimed she was involved in the scam.

Mr Johnson said Mr and Mrs Gill accompanied Ms Bhatti on a trip to India.

When they were there she took part in what Mrs Gill allegedly said was a mock wedding as part of a modelling shoot when in fact she had married the man, he added.

Mr Johnson told the court Mr and Mrs Gill abandoned her and Ms Bhatti's parents had to come and collect her from India. She had nothing more to do with her new husband.

The couple deny assisting illegal entry into the UK in relation to an alleged sham marriage in which Ms Bhatti was the bride.

The trial continues.

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