Fijian woman jailed for 19 months in NZ

By: Dreu Vukailagi


KAMAL WATIA Fijian woman has been jailed for 19 months after she fraudulently obtained a passport and came to New Zealand using a false identity.

Kamla Wati, 59, was sentenced in the Hamilton District Court, after earlier pleading guilty to three charges of providing false or misleading information.

Wati visited New Zealand from Fiji on three occasions between September 2009 and March 2012.

She subsequently unsuccessfully applied for residency and numerous visitor visa applications, which were declined on character grounds.

Wati’s return to New Zealand in 2015 was initially undetected by authorities because she had entered New Zealand under the fraudulently obtained passport under the alias “Rukhmanny”.

“A facial comparison between photographs of Wati and Rukhmanny indicated they were the one and same person. A subsequent fingerprint analysis corroborated the facial recognition evidence.

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