British man jailed for UK spouse visa crimes

10 Aug 2011 | Posted by Carl Thomas

A British man has been jailed for his crimes relating to UK spouse visa applications.

Delroy Bryan, a 46-year-old man from Bromley, was arrested by UK immigration officers last year following investigations which revealed his involvement in bigamous marriages. It has since been confirmed that Bryan married two women from Jamaica, despite the fact that he already had a wife.

The first woman was Jamaican national Inez Downs, who went on to claim British nationality. The second, Alphina Brown, also went on to claim British citizenship on the back of the weddings.

Alex Ttaris, head of the UK Border Agency's criminal and financial investigation team in south London, commented on the situation: “Bryan was a conman and a liar. His motivation for getting involved with these marriages was money, but it is clear he knew the purpose was to help these women get round immigration laws.

“Downs and Brown both knew these marriages were a fraud, but were willing to cheat the system.”

Bryan has been sentenced to three years in prison after admitting two counts of bigamy and two counts of assisting illegal immigration. Downs, meanwhile, has been sentenced to a year after being found guilty of obtaining leave to remain by deception. Brown has admitted to three counts of obtaining leave to remain in the UK by deception and is due to be sentenced on August 19th.