A Tahunanui man with gang connections applied for two false passports and travelled to Australia on one of the forged documents.
Rodger Lee Prestidge, 57, was sentenced in Nelson District Court yesterday after earlier admitting two charges under the Passport Act and one charge of possessing a small amount of methamphetamine.
Judge Tom Broadmore said Prestidge obtained a New Zealand passport in 1992 by pretending to be someone he knew.
He used one of the passports to travel to and from Australia.
Judge Broadmore said Prestidge told probation he had used the passport because he had gang connections and would not be allowed into Australia if he tried to travel on his own passport.
Judge Broadmore said obtaining a false passport was serious. Prestidge's guilty plea and the fact he only used the passport once in 2001 to travel to Australia were mitigating factors.
Prestidge had an extensive criminal history.
Judge Broadmore said Prestidge was in poor health and of an age where prison might be difficult for him to withstand, and sentenced him to nine months' home detention.
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