Un­li­cenced ad­vise case

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A Samoan man from Porirua has pleaded not guilty to a charge of pro­vid­ing im­mi­gra­tion ad­vice with­out a li­cence.

Judge John Walker granted the man in­terim name sup­pres­sion when he ap­peared in Porirua District Court on Jan­uary 22.

The man faces 10 charges re­lat­ing to im­mi­gra­tion is­sues.

Among them is one of not hold­ing a li­cence and ac­cept­ing pay­ment for the ser­vice he pro­vided.

De­fence lawyer Peter Foster said his client had been in New Zealand for more than 20 years and that the only thing he had done wrong was to op­er­ate with­out a li­cence.

Foster said the man had strong ties to both New Zealand and Samoa.

The crown pros­e­cu­tor said the case was rel­a­tively se­ri­ous, with some charges car­ry­ing a penalty of up to seven years’ im­pris­on­ment.

The man was re­manded on bail un­til Fe­bru­ary 24.

The judge said he would con­sider the ap­pli­ca­tion for full name sup­pres­sion and bail vari­a­tions.

He said a de­ci­sion on those is­sues would be made closer to the time when the man was next due to ap­pear in court.

He first ap­peared on Novem­ber 19.

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