15 Jun 2011

Passport seller ordered to pay reparation

4:18 pm on 15 June 2011

An Auckland man who sold false residency documents to Pacific Islands overstayers has been ordered to pay more than $12,000 in reparation.

Gerard Otimi appeared on Wednesday for sentencing on more than 30 charges of altering a document.

The sentencing was postponed, but at the request of the prosecution the judge told police to hand over $12,500 of Otimi's money to pay victims at a rate of $500 each.

Otimi issued false visas in the name of a Maori Hapu to Pacific Islanders who wished to stay in New Zealand.

He told the judge he could not sign pre-sentencing documents because he would be perjuring himself.

Otimi was warned that not completing the reports would increase his chances of receiving a jail term. He will be sentenced on 29 July.