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Woman charged with fraud in relation to immigration scam

Last updated 07:58 12/10/2012

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A woman has been charged with fraud in relation to an immigration scam in which Tongan people were promised residency in exchange for cash.

Fraudsters allegedly targeted Tongans by posing as doorstep missionaries before asking them to buy fake residence visas for $290.

Police inquiries identified one person acting through a number of unwitting intermediaries, a spokeswoman says.

Kolini Tatafu has been charged with fraud-related offending. Several others have been interviewed but have not been charged.

Immigration NZ is helping witnesses with credible complaints to remain in New Zealand until court proceedings are complete, after which immigration officials will review their status on a case-by-case basis.

Police are holding a number of unclaimed Tongan passports which they want to return to their owners.

They can be picked up from the Otahuhu police station from 10am till 2pm, Monday to Friday.

Any passports remaining unclaimed at the end of October will be returned to the Tongan Government.

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- Manukau Courier

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