Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Home detention for unlicensed immigration adviser

8 February 2013

Home detention and reparation order for unlicensed immigration adviser

A woman who took cash from people and falsely promised them jobs was sentenced today to 10 months home detention and ordered to pay $70,630 reparation to 16 victims.

Uluata Ekuale (also known as Ata Utai among several other names) pleaded guilty to charges of supplying false information to an immigration officer, obtaining by deception and providing immigration advice without a licence. The arrest of Ekuale followed a lengthy investigation into her activities.

Immigration New Zealand’s acting Fraud and Compliance Manager Dean Blakemore says the sentence imposed on Ekuale reflects the seriousness of her offending and the impact of that offending on those who trusted her to act on their behalf.

“Uluata Ekuale made significant financial gains by taking advantage of vulnerable people from her own Samoan community. Immigration New Zealand will not tolerate this type of offending and the sentence imposed today shows that those undertaking such activities will face severe consequences.”

By law, anyone giving immigration advice must have a licence from the Immigration Advisers Authority unless they are an exempt person. Exempt people include lawyers and those working at Citizens’ Advice Bureaux.

Members of the public can find out if an adviser is licensed by checking the Authority’s website: www.iaa.govt.nz or calling them on freephone 0800 422 422.

The register contains people who have been refused a licence, including Ekuale who was refused a licence in June 2010.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Rocket Lab: Launch Expected

Rocket Lab has delayed the roll out of the launch vehicle called Electron by one day, due to weather conditions. The planned launch attempt will now take place on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. More>>

ALSO:

Budget: Irrigate (Good Times, Come On!)

Additional grant funding of $26.7 million over the next three years plus a capital boost of $63 million towards irrigation investments in Budget 2017 will deliver economic and environmental benefits through better use of water... More>>

ALSO:

Silver Fern Farms: Proposal To Close Fairton Sheepmeat Plant

Silver Fern Farms has advised its people of the proposal to permanently close the site, and has discussed potential transfer options to its other sites in the region as part of the consultation process...
More>>

ALSO:

MPI: Myrtle Rust Appears In Taranaki

The nursery in Waitara (just north of New Plymouth) reported suspected myrtle rust symptoms on young plants to the Ministry’s 0800 number yesterday (Tuesday). More>>

ALSO: