New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says heads should roll over bureaucratic bungling that saw an illegal immigrant banned from New Zealand still receiving $360 per week from a sickness benefit.
Salam Mansoor Abdelabbas Al-Bawi was sentenced to six months' home detention in 2008, after admitting he lied to authorities to gain refugee status, residency, citizenship, and a passport in a different name.
The New Zealand Herald reports the Iraqi man already had residency in Denmark, along with a conviction for kidnapping which he failed to declare.
Mr Peters says whoever is responsible for these bungles should be looked at and it's time people at the top are fired.
He says this is an absolute mess, and they cant seem to administer a system which most other first world countries can administer.
Al-Bawi's New Zealand citizenship was revoked and his passport cancelled, but Work and Income says it didn't know about that.
Work and Income says there was only a $2,500 overpayment to Al Bawi.
Spokeswoman Janet Grossman says they are continuing to look into the matter with the Department of Internal Affairs and Immigration New Zealand.
She says if Al-Bawi ever returned to New Zealand they would pursue money owed for as long as it takes.
Photo: Winston Peters (NZ Herald)