Korean citizen pleads guilty to visa application fraud

A South Korean woman is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court today to making false statements in a spouse visa application lodged with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

A department spokesman said the woman, a citizen of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), obtained permanent residence by dishonestly omitting from her application that she had previously visited Australia using another name and was excluded from returning to Australia by the department’s Seoul visa office.

“The department takes immigration fraud very seriously and actively pursues the prosecution of people found engaging in this serious crime,” the spokesman said. 

The woman’s prosecution is part of a department-led national identity fraud campaign involving the cooperation of state, Commonwealth and international agencies working to identify criminal activity through data matching activities.

The investigation has included the use of electronic facial recognition software now being used by a number of state and federal government agencies. 

Electronic facial recognition software is used to identify people who are believed to have created, stolen or assumed a false identity to facilitate crime.  

The woman is scheduled to appear for sentencing in early April. 

People with information about suspected immigration fraud are encouraged to call the Immigration Dob-In Line on 1800 009 623.

Media Enquiries: National Communications 02 6264 2244

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