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Home detention for dairy visa scam

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/04/2017

A Waikato woman who admitted almost 300 fraud-related charges over a visa scam for Filipino workers has been sentenced to nearly a year's home detention.

Lorraine Anne Jayme, 35, from Te Aroha, was arrested in October 2015 after an Immigration New Zealand investigation.

In August, she pleaded guilty to 284 charges that included forgery, using forged documents, supplying false information and obtaining by deception.

In Hamilton District Court on Tuesday she was sentenced to 11 months and two weeks' home detention and 180 hours community work.

Her offending was over a six-month period between 2014 and 2015, which affected more than 100 people.

Jayme charged $2500 per client, getting them jobs in the dairy industry.

In passing sentence, Judge Kim Saunders told Jayme: "I must hold you accountable for the harm done to the community and to the integrity to the New Zealand immigration system.

"You have literally been involved from A to Z in committing fraud to ensure that temporary work visas were issued to migrant workers.

"It was premeditated and it was planned, and I can not ignore the fact that you did charge a fee to each of the applicants so there was an element of commercial gain."

Judge Saunders had considered sending Jayme to prison but decided not to as she had recently had a premature baby girl and was a first time offender with a good character record.

Immigration New Zealand assistant general manager Peter Devoy said they were satisfied with the result.

"The circumstances of this offender need to be taken into account, however the message was clear - this is serious offending and it won't be tolerated."

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