14 Feb 2013

East African fraudsters facing deportation

3:29 pm on 14 February 2013

Two people from the east African country Djibouti who used false names to obtain visas for New Zealand have been sentenced to home detention and could be deported.

Halimo Mouhoumed Warsama and her husband Ali Daher Houssein have been sentenced to nine months' home detention and community work in the Auckland District Court for defrauding Immigration New Zealand.

The department says the couple came to New Zealand in 2002 on visitor visas and later applied for residency under false names.

It says inevitably, people who rely on concocting false backgrounds will be found out, with significant developments in identifying fraudsters with the use of biometric data.

Immigration New Zealand says the couple now face deportation.