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Fake passport leads to prison

Posted on 1 Mar at 6 PM Tags: New Zealand Visa, Immigration, Working in New Zealand, Property,

A Nigerian man has been put in prison for over two years for going into New Zealand almost 10 years ago using a false passport.

Jeffrey Ugochukwu Orji, 39, was condemned to two years and three months in prison in the Pukekohe District Court earlier this week, after being found guilty of having a fake passport and eight counts of using the falsified passport to gain work visas, revealed Immigration NZ.

When he is released he faces deportation. Orji has been in the country since 2003, but was exposed in 2009 when an examination of his passport showed it was one of a batch of blank Nigerian passports that had previously been stolen, reports

Orji sought refugee status in 2002, but was refused. Steve Stuart, of Immigration NZ, said that although his company has got better at detecting false passports, criminals have also bettered their methods for forging and stealing passports.

Immigration officials are now fingerprinting asylum seekers and testing the prints with other countries. Passport scanners and facial biometric data are also being used. Biometrics will now be utilised in all checks on visa applications checks when the new Immigration Global Management System starts next year.
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