10 February 2011

Beauty queen pleads guilty to New Zealand immigration marriage fraud

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A former pageant queen has admitted marrying a Chinese national for money to allow him to stay in the country and presenting misleading information to the New Zealand Immigration Service.

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A beauty queen has pleaded guilty to New Zealand immigration fraud.

Hinetekawa Ezrah Sayers, 21, pleaded guilty in the Rotorua District Court to fraud and New Zealand immigration charges.

Sayers has admitted fraudulently obtaining a marriage certificate in her name and a Chinese man's name on July 14 last year, and producing the certificate at the Hamilton branch of the New Zealand Immigration Service in August last year.

Charges were laid in November against Sayers and the Chinese husband who is alleged to have offered Sayers $15,000 to marry him.

Sayers won the Miss Teen Diamond crown in a Rotorua pageant in 2006.

She will be sentenced on March 24 on these as well as burglary and assault charges.

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