British men stole identities to enter NZ

Last updated 17:21 01/02/2013

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Two British men have been jailed for using the identities of New Zealand citizens to obtain passports to enter the country.

Martin Richards and Andrew Cains appeared at the Waitakere District Court today where they pleaded guilty to charges under the Crimes Act and the Immigration Act.

Richards was jailed for two years and three months, while Cains was jailed for one year and 10 months.

In sentencing, Judge Heemi Taumanu said the offending happened "over a long period of time" and "showed considerable pre-meditation" as the pair consciously entered the country on false documents and used false passports.

Immigration New Zealand general manager Steve Stuart said: "The judge stated that one of the main factors in his decision was for it to act as a deterrent and that such offending will result in a stern sentence of imprisonment.

"Immigration New Zealand is very pleased with the outcome of this case and we won't hesitate to prosecute anyone who commits such offences in the future."

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