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Man “facilitating bogus marriages” must leave Ireland on release

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Resen Modeley
Resen Modeley

A Mauritian man who was “facilitating bogus marriages” has been given a largely suspended sentence on condition that he leaves the country upon his release from custody

Resen Modeley (34) told gardaí people would come to him looking for a solution to allow them to get married to EU nationals and remain in Ireland to work. He said his role was to secure PPS numbers and “book flights for the girls”.

He described himself as a consultant who facilitated marriages of convenience and said he charged €7,000 for the service. He claimed someone else was in charge of the operation but gardaí don't accept he had a boss.

Modeley, who is now living with a friend but previously lived at Chapelgate Apartments, St Alphonusus Road, Dublin 9, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three charges of deception on three dates in May 2015.

Judge Pauline Codd said Modeley admitted that he was involved in “facilitating bogus marriages” and said there was a certain amount of planning involved in the offence.

“The State is entitled to ensure its marriages are valid and honest,” Judge Codd said before she added that the sentence must act as some form of deterrent to others who commit the same crime.

She sentenced Modeley to two years in prison but suspended all but two months of that on condition that he leave Ireland upon his release and not return here for five years.

Detective Garda Damien O'Neill told Garrett McCormack BL, prosecuting that Modeley provided false letters, claiming to be notice of employment, in three applications for intention to marry to the civil registrar in Monaghan, Dublin and Naas.

The garda investigation into these sham marriages led gardaí to Modeley who was arrested at his home on November 25, 2015.

He admitted his role during subsequent garda interviews and claimed he didn't know how much money the girls involved in the marriages were to get.

Det Gda O'Neill said Modeley had no entitlement to social welfare and was not entitled to live in Ireland. An order had been secured on Friday for his deportation.

He agreed with Sandra Frayne BL, defending that the investigation into these bogus marriages was on-going and accepted that Modeley was co-operative with the investigation.

Det Gda O'Neill said, based on the man's own admissions, he didn't accept his claim that he was working for someone else.

Ms Frayne asked Judge Codd to take into account her client's lack of previous convictions.

She said he was happy to leave the country when gardaí return his passport to him and his friend was willing to pay for his flights home to Mauritius.