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Former Agent arrested and charged with migration fraud.

The Courier Mail reports that a MIGRATION agent and his wedding celebrant wife face up to 10 years in jail after being charged over an alleged visa scam in which Indian students paid for bogus marriages to Australian women.

Chetan Mohanlal Mashru and his Australian-born wife Divya Krishne Gowda were arrested by the Australian Federal Police in Brisbane yesterday on various counts and charges relating to migration fraud.

“Mashru, who has had his migration agent registration stripped, faces 49 charges including arranging fake marriages and lodging fraudulent visa applications with the Department of Immigration.

Gowda, who Immigration will allege performed the “marriages” that were the basis of the fabricated visa applications, faces 17 charges, “ states the report.

An estimated $2.2 million in the pairs assets have reportedly been frozen as alleged proceeds from the scam.

An Immigration spokesman said there was no evidence any visas were granted as a result of the scam.

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    Robert Steain Thursday, 13 February 2014

    This is great news. Not that there are people who perpetrate such fraud but that the AFP is actually going to prosecute. I recall the case of a Sydney based migration agent submitting more than 300 fraudulent refugee visas and was not charged due to the AFP claiming a lack of funding. I am glad to know that law enforcement is no longer based on fiscal constraints.

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    J Thursday, 13 February 2014

    Great to hear. Spouse visa has became the most popular way to get PR as its easy to fake a marriage and the 12 months de facto relationship is even more easy to fake.

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