14 people arrested after police uncover false marriage scheme in Almeria

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ARRESTS: Police have detained 14 people so far and are not ruling out further arrests ©Policia Nacional

NATIONAL Police in Almeria have arrested 14 people on suspicion of being members of a group dedicated to arranging false marriages.

An investigation began in December last year when police became aware of the existence of a group dedicated to arranging marriages or partnerships between foreign and Spanish nationals in order to secure a living visa.

Members of the group would act as intermediaries between the foreigners and the Spaniards, charging €6,000 to the foreign nationals for the marriage, giving between €2,500 and €3,000 to the Spanish person while taking the rest for themselves.

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Eight Spaniards, two Romanians, two Moroccans and two Egyptians have been arrested so far, with a further 10 people being investigated with new arrests not being ruled out.

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