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15 Aug 2023

Ryan Anderson, Stuff (NZ)

100 workers likely caught in scam that saw immigrants crammed into house - minister

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"100 workers likely caught in scam that saw immigrants crammed into house - minister,"

Between 90-100 employees are likely to be affected by an immigration scam that saw dozens of workers crammed into a three-bedroom house, Immigration Minister Andrew Little says.

Immigration New Zealand confirmed on Tuesday they were aware of a case of possible immigration fraud and migrant exploitation in Auckland – which involved a number of Indian nationals.

The case involves a recently liquidated company that hired workers as part of the accredited employer work visa scheme...

Little said complaints were made three weeks ago about the working conditions that employees of the company were working under – but over the weekend the issue of overcrowding became apparent.

The minister was asked how it was that the roughly 40 workers ended up in a position where they were living in a three-bedroom house and not being fed.

“The employer who employed them is a scamster and a fraudster, and we are going after them.

“They promised jobs and the jobs weren’t there.”

The employer went into liquidation, after initial inquiries were made, he said...