3 Feb 2010

Former Immigration Service boss admits fraud

7:02 pm on 3 February 2010

The former chief executive of the New Zealand Immigration Service has pleaded guilty to using a document with intent to defraud.

The charge relates to a curriculum vitae Mary Anne Thompson used to apply for high level positions within the public service.

Thompson, 54, had been committed to stand trial in 2009 on three charges relating to the CV that falsely claimed she had a PhD from the London School of Economics.

During a hearing in the Wellington District Court on Wednesday that was reduced to one count of fraud.

Judge Bruce Davidson told the hearing Thompson is likely to be sentenced to community work and a fine of $10,000.

The judge said any offence that strikes at the integrity of the public service is serious but Thompson's reputation, finances and career prospects had been severely damaged.

Thompson is scheduled to reappear in court in late March.