A 31-year-old Auckland woman has been charged for allegedly asking for a fee to provide immigration advice while being unlicensed.
Lealeifuaneva Linda Moala appeared in the Manukau District Court on Thursday, facing charges by the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA), which include asking for a fee knowing she was not licensed.
Moala allegedly asked for a fee and took payment from four family members and friends in the Tongan community, according to the IAA.
"The facts alleged by the IAA are another example of someone taking advantage of Tongan and Pacific people who are in a tough spot," says IAA registrar Catherine Albiston.
"The IAA continues to raise awareness amongst Pacific communities in New Zealand, as well as in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji, that unlawful immigration advice can cause significant stress and problems for visa applicants."
Moala has been remanded on bail to reappear before court in March.