Undercover Journalist Disguised as Bride Reveals Sham Wedding

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Undercover Journalist Disguised as Bride Reveals Sham Wedding
Thu 30-10-2014

Journalist Harriet Morter was pretending to marry an Indian national for money but the scam was revealed in the middle of the ceremony leaving the groom to flee.

A fairytale wedding turned into a grim story for this helpless husband-to-be after the woman he was due to marry was unveiled as an undercover reporter in the middle of the ceremony.

As the registrar asked those in attendance if anyone know of any lawful reason why the two could not get married, the 'Best Man' rose to his feet and announced the wedding was a sham.

Faced with the startling truth about his attempts to wed a woman he did not know, the grimacing groom did what many have done at previous marriage ceremonies - he bolted.

With hidden cameras in buttonholes and even the bride's bouquet of flowers, this amazing footage captures the setting up and execution of a fake marriage.



The amazing scenes were captured by undercover reporters for a TV sting operation highlighting how easy it is for foreign nationals to get hitched and gain visas to stay in the UK.

Investigative reporters Paul Connelly and Harriet Morter pretended to be Best Man and blushing bride to Indian national Ali, who they met through a middle-person who advertised their 'services' on the website Gumtree.

An Indian national, Ali has just a few months left on his student visa and needs to get married in order to stay in the UK.

Over the coming weeks, Harriet and Paul discover that Ali is breaking the terms of his student visa after being kicked out of college two years ago and he also tells them he is doing cash in hand work, avoiding tax.

The show, Sham Wedding Crashers, which is part of the Black market Britain series on Channel Five , also shows how the 'couple' met with the Registry Office and are asked a series of questions aimed at flushing out fake relationships.

There are estimated to be up to 10,000 fake weddings each year in Britain involving people desperate to enter and remain here – an astonishing statistic which converts to almost one wedding an hour.

Source: Mirror