Dozens of young Queensland women were paid thousands of dollars in cash to marry Indian men in an elaborate visa scam, a court has been told.

One woman said she earned up to $20,000 for marrying a man she’d never met and recruiting two friends to get married.

The accused organisers, Indian-born former migration agent Chetan Mohanlal Mashru and marriage celebrant Divya Krishne Gowda, both 35, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday for the first day of a committal hearing.

Seven young women told the court they were offered one-off cash sums of between $1000 and $5000 and ongoing payments of up to $250 a week to sign marriage documents partnering them with Indian men who were seeking spousal visas to live in Australia.

“When I signed the certificate I had $5000 given to me on that day,” said one witness who was married in 2011.

“I also got money every week from my partner.” The court heard many of the unions took place at a house at Oxley, in Brisbane’s southwest.

Investigators from the immigration department contacted up to 50 people who had been married by Gowda after the alleged scam was exposed in a newspaper article.

The department’s Robert Ansell said investigators found the same names appeared regularly on paperwork, tipping them off to what appeared to be an organised scheme.

None of those who were married are facing charges. Visa applications are on hold pending the outcome of court proceedings. Some of the brides said they suspected the marriage was unlawful but went ahead anyway.

“It was always in my mind that we may have been in trouble,” said Charlotte Marshall, who was paid $1500 upfront plus $1000 per month to get married.

Mashru and Gowda are each charged with 17 counts of arranging a marriage for a visa in 2011 and 2012.

Mashru is also charged with 23 counts of influencing a public official and 19 counts of delivering false information.

The hearing, before Magistrate John McGrath, continues.

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  • David Ashton

    Multicultural – naivety is our culture, bribery is theirs.

    • Sick of it

      They do a lot worse than bribery. The Thuggees alone were monsters.

  • JackKrak

    Paying thousands of dollars to get into white countries so they can be discriminated against…

    • LHathaway

      So then they can marry affirmative action females for real, as they live out their lives victims of global oppression that Whites will continue to try and rectify. They will have so much in common.

  • George Moriarty

    Every migrant group entering our once proud white nation seems to have it’s own particular low level of depravity, deceit and generally disgusting conduct. From what I have seen of the Indians who are now entering this country in record numbers this does not surprise me one bit. They are the most cunning, grasping, filthy people I have ever come across.
    Now let me give a brief summary of Australian multiculturalism;
    Muslims: Terror, Child Brides, Illegal Immigration, Gang Rape (of whites) Big Drugs and Street Shootings.
    Chinese: Crime, Drugs, Fraud, Extortion, Corruption, Illegal Immigration, Illegal Brothels, Illegal Gambling, Cock Fighting, Student Cheating. Shocking Drivers.
    Indians: Illegal Immigration, Student Visa Scams and Cheating, Corruption, Filthy Curry Restaurants, Dreadful Student Drs and Mature Drs with the name of “Dr Death”.
    Somalis & Sudanese: Rape, Stealing, Welfare Dependence.
    Now can someone again please tell me why I should be celebrating diversity and welcoming multiculturalism?

    • Caesar Avgvstvs

      Never been a fan of Indian food myself; but when I saw a rat that had somehow ended up inside where you keep the food hot behind glass so that people can see/point out what they want; and that rat looked burnt to a crisp; I swore I’d never eat at any place like that again.

      • George Moriarty

        In one recent incident a dreadful in every way Indian taxi driver was about to give my wife (almost 70 but still attractive) some uncalled for attention by way of assisting her out of the car. Just as I was about to say “take your grotty paws off my wife”, my wife gave the driver a look that could kill with words to the effect “don’t you dare touch me”. Indians in Australia are bad news.
        But as for their food, be it from a café a restaurant or takeaway it just looks and smells awful and the staff just never look clean. I simply won’t touch the stuff.

    • KenelmDigby

      If there is any possible way to game or corrupt a system, then sub on Indians will find it and exploit it to the utmost hilt.
      The cunning and deceit of sub on Indians is proverbial.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Prostitution.

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    • George Moriarty

      It would be interesting to now if any of these women were prostitutes but somehow I don’t think so, most are too worldly wise to get involved in these scams.
      But the reality is that this scam is both abuse and the prostitution of the sacred act of marriage.

  • listenupbub

    Doesn’t this make you guys happy to know that we are the ones who create the cities that the whole world wants to move into?

  • IstvanIN

    The men should have all their assets confoscated and then be deported, the saem for the non-native Australain women. Of the woman is of Asian/Muslim descent she should be either deported or, if that isn’t possible because she was born in Australia, imprisoned until age 70. Native Australians should be imprisoned for life.

  • Hilis Hatki

    The offer of money was just to curry favor, marriage should remain a sacred cow.

  • John Smith

    Prostitution is already legal in Australia. I doubt this accounts for any major number of immigrants. In the US, I believe they separately interview spouses to determine if they live together and have actually consummated the marriage before granting a green card. Such a policy would stop this, if enforced rigorously.

    • George Moriarty

      It is legal but these scum Asians entice young ladies to come here on the promise of a job or study, their passports are confiscated by the brothel owner and the girls are kept in virtual slavery. It is as criminal as it is sordid.

  • WR_the_realist

    The Indian men should be deported along with their “wives”. The Australian government should keep the payments made to cover the costs of enforcing immigration law.

    • George Moriarty

      Agree completely.

  • Magician

    It means Australia is making sure the process of immigration to Australia is not easy if the guys have no particular reasons to immigrate to Australia

    • George Moriarty

      I think there is both a waiting list and lots of restrictions for all legal immigration to Australia. Unfortunately we have too many Indians here already and together with the Chinese they now make up the biggest group of new comers to this country. Of course the word gets round that they are all on to a good thing and more and more of these alien foreigners want to come here to join family/friends or just to get the thousand times better life this country gives them.

  • Rob

    I hope Mashru and Gowda are deported and also their families along with them. These hindooos do the same scam in the US.