An Auckland man appeared in court yesterday charged with operating an alleged passport fraud ring.
Christopher Herbert Robinson, a 30 year old former employee of the Internal Affairs Department, made a brief appearance in the Auckland District Court yesterday, after he was arrested by Auckland police's Asian Crime Unit.
Police allege Robinson obtained a New Zealand passport, with intent to defraud.
The passport has been seized and Robinson has been ordered to obey a strict curfew until he next appears in court in two weeks.
Police have also charged a 50 year old Malaysian man with the same offence.
The Asian Crime Unit is continuing an investigation into a passport scam operation and irregularities surrounding the issue of New Zealand passports.