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Fijian jailed for immigration fraud

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/01/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">A Fijian woman has been sentenced to 19 months' imprisonment for entering New Zealand using a fake passport.</span> © Getty A Fijian woman has been sentenced to 19 months' imprisonment for entering New Zealand using a fake passport. A Fijian national has been sentenced to 19 months' imprisonment for entering the New Zealand using a fake passport.

Kamla Wati, 59, was sentenced in the Hamilton District Court after pleading guilty to three charges of providing false or misleading information to an immigration officer in respect of visa applications, and one charge of producing a fraudulently obtained passport.

She visited New Zealand three times between September 2009 and March 2012 and unsuccessfully applied for residency, and numerous visitor visa applications were declined.

Wati returned in 2015, but was undetected by Immigration NZ as she used a fraudulent passport under the name "Rukhmanny".

She was caught out when asked to provide her original passport when verifying a partnership-based visa application.

"A facial comparison between photographs of Wati and Rukhmanny indicated they were the one and same person. A subsequent fingerprint analysis corroborated the facial recognition evidence," Immigration New Zealand assistant general manager Peter Devoy said.

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