20 Nov 2009

Charges laid over forged tertiary qualifications

8:03 am on 20 November 2009

Three Chinese nationals have been charged with forgery following a police investigation into forged tertiary documents in Auckland.

They include forged degrees, diplomas and academic records.

The police believe more than 100 sets of false documents have been produced over the past two to three years.

They say they all contain Chinese named recipients and suggest they have completed a course of study at various New Zealand universities.

Detective Inspector Stu Allsopp-Smith says the investigation has uncovered a market for forged academic qualifications in New Zealand.

He says he believes the qualifications are being sold for several thousand dollars.

The two men and a woman, aged in their twenties, were arrested earlier this month and were to appear in Manukau District Court on Thursday.

University of Auckland registrar Tim Greville says it's crucial employers check the validity of any documentation presented to them.