15 Mar 2018

Man offered $8k bribe to keep sham marriage, woman claims

From Morning Report, 7:25 am on 15 March 2018

A woman who was conned into a marriage of convenience to an Indian immigrant says he offered her an 8-thousand dollar bribe to keep up the charade. Aroha Raharuhi married Pankaj Badyal in 2016 after they met through friends in Opotiki, but the marriage collapsed after she realised he'd lied to her. It's not the only case. The immigration advisers' body says immigrants exploiting the system are fuelling moves by Immigration New Zealand to crack down on fraud.