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Woman Admits Implication In Tongan Immigration Scam
Lolohea charged with 9 offenses in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 21, 2013) – The New Zealand Immigration Advisor’s Authority says a Tongan national has appeared in court to admit her part in a widespread immigration scam within New Zealand’s Tongan community.

Khadijah Lolohea, who is also known as Khadijah Piu, has admitted providing immigration advice without a license.

The Authority, which takes complaints against immigration advisors, had charged Lolohea with nine offences.

The Authority Registrar, Barry Smedts, says the guilty plea is a significant result.

He says her victims had to trust that making a complaint to the Authority would not affect their visa applications or lead to them being deported.

38-year-old Lolohea will be sentenced on May the 23rd.

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