Each time Susan Coates, 30, walked down the aisle she added pounds 2,500 to her bank balance. Registrars in London reported suspicions that the marriages were sham, but their fears went uninvestigated.
But for a gangland shooting yards from Coates' front door, and the discovery of a piece of paper bearing the name of one of her fathers-in-law, she could have reached double figures.
Once married, her West African husbands applied to the Home Office for permission to stay in this country.
Details of the plot were revealed yesterday when a blanket reporting ban was lifted at Harrow Crown Court in north London.Reuse content