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UK Citizen Arrested in Sydney for Immigration Fraud

UK Citizen Arrested in Sydney for Immigration Fraud

Immigration investigators are using the weekend arrest of a man allegedly involved in multiple instances of immigration fraud as a testament to the value of cross-agency cooperation. The UK man has been bailed to appear in the Downing Centre court in Sydney on Wednesday (October 31).

Immigration investigators are using the weekend arrest of a man allegedly involved in multiple instances of immigration fraud as a testament to the value of cross-agency cooperation.

A 43 year-old UK man was stopped at the border last Saturday following a joint investigation involving the Departments of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), and Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

A DIAC spokesman said it would be alleged the man fraudulently obtained Australian permanent resident status by providing false information.

He said the man allegedly used false identities and provided false information to enter Australia on a number of occasions over the past nine years.

“If convicted, the multiple offences carry penalties of up to 10 years’ imprisonment and fines of up to $110 000,” the spokesman said.

“DIAC treats immigration fraud very seriously and actively pursues the prosecution of people found engaging in this serious crime,” he added.

The weekend’s operation is part of a department-led national identity fraud campaign involving the cooperation of regional and international agencies working to identify criminal activity through data-matching activities.

This has included the use of electronic facial recognition software now being used by a number of state and federal government agencies.

Electronic facial recognition software can be used to identify people who are believed to have created, stolen or assumed a false identity to facilitate crime. 

The UK man has been bailed to appear in the Downing Centre court in Sydney on Wednesday (October 31).

People with information about suspected immigration fraud are encouraged to call the Immigration Dob-In Line on 1800 009 623.