56 convictions for sham marriages 
this year

The number of convictions for sham marriages and making false statements was 56 for the first four months of this year, reported The Straits Times.

The figure is about 20 per cent of last year's total, but for a period covering a third of the year.

This numbers come after the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority amended the Immigration Act in 2012 to strengthen Singapore's border security and impose tougher penalties for people entering marriages of convenience.

Cases involving sham marriages now carry a maximum penalty of a $10,000 fine and a 10-year jail term.

Last year, 284 people were convicted for sham marriages and for making false declarations.