Filipino National Arrested in Cairns by Australian Federal Police Over Fraudulent Immigration Visas
Queensland, Australia (News4us.com) March 07, 2011
A man has been arrested by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in Townsville following a joint-agency investigation into a syndicate dealing with fraudulent immigration visas.
The 47-year-old Filipino national will appear in Townsville Magistrates Court today charged with making a false or misleading statement to a Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) officer, contrary to section 234(1)(b) of the Migration Act 1958.
The AFP in Cairns and DIAC’s Brisbane-based Integrity Unit began a joint investigation in January 2007, following allegations of unskilled migrants working in Far North Queensland.
On 28 January 2011 a 48-year-old Cairns man was arrested for his alleged involvement in illegally facilitating the entry or attempted entry of immigrants and their families to work in the agricultural, industrial and transport sectors of Far North Queensland.
It will be alleged in court the Filipino national travelled to Australia in December 2008 to undertake work facilitated by the syndicate. The man allegedly provided a false statement to a DIAC officer on arrival in Australia that he did not intend to work.
The maximum penalty for this offence is $110,000 and/or 10 years imprisonment. Enquiries by the AFP and DIAC into this matter remain ongoing.
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