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Visa cheat woman goes to jail

A Suva woman was sentenced to two years and two months in prison on Tuesday after she was convicted for five counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception. In the
09 Feb 2018 11:00
Visa cheat woman goes to jail

A Suva woman was sentenced to two years and two months in prison on Tuesday after she was convicted for five counts of obtaining financial advantage by deception.

In the Suva Magistrates Court was Zinaz Neha Buksh who was convicted of dishonestly obtaining $6450 from two people by promising to arrange Australian work visas for them but failed to do so.

While sentencing Buksh, Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage said that the maximum penalty for the offence was an imprisonment term of 10 years.

The court was told that Buksh committed the offence between December 18, 2013 and October 22, 2014 whilst being the director of Star Agencies Global Migration and Travel Services.

Magistrate Liyanage took a starting point of 30 months imprisonment after considering the seriousness of the offence.

“This amounts to financial fraud. These activities affect the financial status of the people and the country at the end of the day,” Magistrate Liyanage said.

He said the accused was not responsive to the complainants when they enquired about their money after they found out that she had failed to honour her side of the bargain.

He said in not responding to the complainants, the accused made them helpless.

The accused was sentenced to a total of 26 months imprisonment after considering the mitigating factors and Buksh’s submissions about her personal problems.

However, Magistrate Liyanage did not suspend her sentence because the accused had made no attempts to return the money to the complainants before and after the case was filed.

The accused was ordered to serve a period of 20 months imprisonment before she can be eligible for parole.

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