A sham marriage syndicate that allegedly tried to obtain 164 visas for foreigners in fake romantic relationships has been busted by police.
The visas allegedly organised by Jagjit Singh, 32, were declined by the Australian Border Force after the documents were linked to this syndicate operating in Sydney.
Vulnerable young women were approached on social media and offered large sums of money if they agreed to marry a foreigner wanting to enter Australia.
Jagjit Singh (pictured) was the alleged head of the sham marriage syndicate operating in Sydney
'Non-citizens seeking to live in Australia who had exhausted all other options to remain lawfully were paying a significant amount of money to enter into a fake marriage,' Australian Border Force Investigations commander Clinton Sims told The Daily Telegraph.
Many of the women allegedly exploited by the syndicate came from disadvantaged backgrounds, have suffered substance abuse and a history of family and financial hardship.
Mr Singh appeared