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DEPT OF HOME AFFAIRS, ABF: Fake migration agents sentenced

Two Sydney women, one a 30 year old Australian citizen and the other a 32 year old Chinese national with permanent residency, have been sentenced to conditional good behaviour bonds after pleading guilty to multiple offences against the Migration Act.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers commenced an investigation into the pair in October 2018 after it was reported they were unlawfully providing immigration advice and assistance to large numbers of mainly Chinese nationals.

Investigations revealed that although neither of the women were registered migration agents they had advertised migration assistance and charged a fee whilst not being registered, and provided immigration assistance to at least three travellers who were found to be in possession of fraudulently obtained identity documents.

Source: Fake-migration-agents-sentenced.pdf

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    Immigration Observer Friday, 20 December 2019

    Wow so a fake agent can lodge applications and in this case it was previously reported in SMH that they lodged 1700 applications for between $1500 and $2000. So they make 2.5 - 3.4 million dollars and get a good behaviour bond for lodging faking PV applications. People the system is a JOKE.

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    Robert Monday, 23 December 2019

    I disagree. The system is working exactly is it is designed to and it is far from "funny".

    The unregistered get off scot-free, while we are here for the sake of government "action" when they "reform" our regulation.

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    Tom Drakopoulos Monday, 23 December 2019

    What a joke. A totally inadequate sentence. The Hon. Peter Dutton big on sending strong messages to stop the boats. This is feather tap of a message. Unregistered practice is welcome in Australia.

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