17 Nov 2015

New charges laid over Filipino dairy workers

3:25 pm on 17 November 2015

A 35-year-old woman arrested last month in relation to alleged visa fraud involving Filipinos working in the dairy industry has had 284 new charges laid against her.

Magistrate Kathy Wilson said in the Hamilton District Court this morning the new charges had been laid by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The charges include multiple counts of forgery, using forged documents, supplying false information and obtaining by deception.

They follow three charges laid by police last month, of obtaining, altering, and using an altered Work and Income labour market letter.

The magistrate agreed to continue name suppression for the dual Filipino/New Zealand national as a new solicitor has just been appointed to her case.

The woman was again remanded on bail without plea and will reappear on 14 December.