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Fijian chef jailed for immigration fraud

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/12/2016

A Fijian national working as a chef in New Zealand has been jailed for 21 months for immigration fraud.

Bimal Roy Prasad was sentenced in Manukau District Court in Auckland on Thursday on five charges.

They related to providing false and misleading information on visa applications to an immigration officer and producing a visitor visa knowing it to have been obtained fraudulently.

Immigration New Zealand assistant general manager Peter Devoy says Prasad has been in New Zealand on various visas since June 2010.

In each visa application, Prasad declared he had no character issues or been deported from any country.

However, INZ received information in February that he had been deported from the United States to Fiji using a different identity.

Mr Devoy says INZ received confirmation from American authorities in March that the defendant's fingerprints matched those for a person named Bimal Autar, who was deported from the US for aggravated felony in 2006.

"Prasad admitted the charges when the information was put to him and said he did it to hide his criminal history from us," Mr Devoy said.

"We will not tolerate anyone committing immigration fraud and today's sentence is a strong deterrent."

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