14 Dec 2015

Alleged fraud carried on on remand

1:45 pm on 14 December 2015

The prosecution in the case of a woman facing more than 280 charges relating to visa fraud in the dairy industry says there is evidence the woman has been engaging in the same activity while on remand.

Hamilton District Court building.

Photo: PHOTO NZ

The 35-year-old dual Philippines-New Zealand national was arrested in October and charged with multiple counts of forgery, for supplying false information in relation to Filipino dairy workers' visa applications.

The woman sought continued interim name suppression in the Hamilton District Court on the grounds of extreme hardship and endangerment to the safety of herself and her family.

In declining the application, Judge Sharyn Otere said the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment alleged that the defendant had been involved in further activity while on bail and that the public interest outweighed those concerns.

However, the judge did agree to continue name suppression until Friday to give the defence the opportunity to lodge an appeal.