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Former Chinatown-based migration agent committed for trial

From the DIAC newsroom

04-06-2013 –

A former registered migration agent based in Sydney’s Chinatown, Xiao Ying Wu (Amy Wu), has been committed to a two-week trial commencing on September 23.

The trial will be the culmination of a Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) investigation that alleges Wu committed multiple fraud offences under the Commonwealth Criminal Code and the NSW Crimes Act involving deception and the use of false documents.

A DIAC spokesman said the department’s investigation began in response to a number of complaints by clients of the former registered migration agent who collectively alleged Wu dishonestly obtained more than $80 000 in return for visa application services that were never delivered.

“The department takes allegations of fraud by those in trusted positions, such as registered migration agents, very seriously,” the spokesman said.

He said the former registered migration agent had ceased operating her business in Chinatown in 2010.

Migration agents are required by law to be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).

Clients wishing to find out whether an individual is registered as a migration agent can do so by visiting the Office of the MARA’s website atwww.mara.gov.au.

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