Man told gardai he was involved in 50 fake marriages in Ireland

Resen Modeley
Resen Modeley

A MAURITIAN man living in Dublin has appeared in court accused of using bogus documentation to facilitate marriages of convenience.

Dublin District Court heard Resen Modeley (30) told officers from the Garda Organised Crime Bureau it cost €7,000 for an arranged marriage and he admitted being involved in 50 of them.

Defence solicitor Stephen O'Mahony told the court his client was pleading guilty to the charges before the court. Mr Modeley, who has an address at Chapel Gate, St Alphonsus Road, in Dublin 9, faces five charges.

He has three counts under the Theft and Fraud Act for using as false instruments two letters from a guest house offering employment to a named man and woman, between May 6th and May 7th last year at his home address.

He also has another charge for using another letter from the same guest house as a false instrument between April 28th and May 29th last. He also has charges for unlawfully possessing a stun gun disguised as a flash-light, and possession of a quantity of cannabis.

Judge Anthony Halpin noted the man told gardai had been involved in 50 of arranged marriages which would have amounted to €350,000.

He also noted from the prosecution that the accused had expenses in his business and would have earned less than that amount. The judge said it “sounds like a programme on the TV” and the defence said that this was a commercial enterprise.

He adjourned the case until a later date for the full facts of the case and for defence mitigation submissions to be given, and he excused himself from hearing the matter further. Defence solicitor Stephen O'Mahony said the guilty plea could remain on the court record. 

Mr Modeley was remanded on continuing bail.