| Latest Auckland News | Friday April 13 2012 9:20
An Auckland immigration advisor has been fined more than $21,000 after his licensing body found he tried to exploit one client and gave bad advice to another.
Rajesh Kumar tried to demand an extra $1000 from an Indian manager by withholding his passport.
The man's application had been successful, but Kumar demanded more money and kept his passport, knowing that New Zealand Immigration wouldn't issue the permit until he released it.
He then blamed his client's aunt for the absence of a receipt, saying she was illiterate and not considered sharp enough to ask for one.
As well, he tried to embarrass the man by faxing the demand to his workplace, threatening him with a poor credit rating.
He gave such poor advice to another Indian national that his client ended up being in New Zealand unlawfully.
When the Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal got involved, Mr Kumar blamed his own mental health, saying he'd lost his memory and couldn't distinguish between reality and imagination.
The tribunal says Kumar thought his professional standing would allow him to exploit a client with impunity, and he systematically sought to do so in this case.
The Immigration Advisers Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal has described the actions as "beyond belief".