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Monday 5 December 2016

Woman 'offered €1.5k for bogus marriage'

Rita Skvarcinskaite (41) allegedly tried to register a
Rita Skvarcinskaite (41) allegedly tried to register a "marriage of convenience" with a flight out of the country booked for six hours after the ceremony was due to take place

A Lithuanian woman was to be paid €1,500 to enter a "sham marriage" in Ireland, it has been alleged.

Rita Skvarcinskaite (41) allegedly tried to register a "marriage of convenience" with a flight out of the country booked for six hours after the ceremony was due to take place.

A court heard she was a "vulnerable woman" who allegedly committed the offence to "better the lives of her sons".

The marriage never happened and she did not receive the money, Dublin District Court was told. It is one of the first prosecutions of its kind to come before the courts.

Judge John Coughlan said the case was too serious to be dealt with at district court level and adjourned it for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Ms Skvarcinskaite - of no fixed address - is charged with providing false information to the registrar at the Civil Registration Office, Gate Lodge, Lisdarn, Cavan, last May 21.

She is also charged with having a false TSB joint bank account statement at the office on May 21 and a false document at TSB Patrick Street, Cork, on another date.

Objection

Det Gda Brendan O Somachain of the Garda National Immigration Bureau told Dublin District Court it is alleged the accused went with her intended groom to the civil registration office and gave false information to the registrar while serving notice of her intention to marry.

In support of this, it was alleged, she provided a false Permanent TSB account statement.

Det Gda O Somachain said they tried to support this by opening a TSB account on August 25 using a false UPC bill. They were due to marry on August 26, but an objection was lodged and the marriage did not take place.

Barrister Keith Spencer said the defendant had been "in straitened circumstances".

She was arrested at Dublin Airport as she was about to leave the country.

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