Migrant adviser declared bankrupt
Disgraced immigration adviser Glen Standing, who was last year ordered to pay $280,000 in refunds, penalties and compensation, is now bankrupt.
The former Golden Bay adviser, who is now living in Hector on the West Coast, applied to be declared bankrupt, and it became official on Thursday.
Action was taken against Mr Standing after complaints from clients about him providing incorrect advice and charging excessive fees.
In August 2011, the Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal cancelled his immigration adviser's licence and ordered him to pay compensation and a penalty totalling more than $20,000.
His company then went into liquidation.
Last October the tribunal ordered Mr Standing to pay nearly $280,000 - the highest amount it had demanded from a single person - for "calculated" and "systematic dishonesty".
The Immigration Advisers Authority said then 19 former clients had made complaints against Mr Standing, which was the highest number of complaints it had received against a single person.
Penalties made up $139,500 of the nearly $280,000 he was ordered to pay, and the registrar of immigration advisers, Barry Smedts, confirmed yesterday that as of January 11, none of this had been paid.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment was responsible for recovering that debt, while the compensation and refunds were for the individuals owed to recover.
Mr Smedts said the authority was awaiting a tribunal decision on one other case involving a complaint against Mr Standing. A year ago, it had also referred a case to Nelson police relating to alleged irregularities in Mr Standing's client accounts.
The Nelson Mail