New Australian citizen convicted of identity fraud Sunday, 01 December 2013

An Indian man’s Australian citizenship will be considered for revocation following his conviction for supplying false information, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection the Hon. Scott Morrison, said today.

Minister Morrison welcomed the successful prosecution of Victorian businessman Randeep Singh Waraich for supplying false information in applications for Australian visas, and for Australian citizenship.

‘The conviction means Mr Waraich may be liable for revocation of his Australian citizenship,’ Mr Morrison said.

‘The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) identified that this Thomastown resident had assumed a false identity in an attempt to circumvent Australia’s border control and migration laws.’

Waraich was convicted on charges s234(1)(c) of the Migration Act (1958) and s50(1) of the Australian Citizenship Act (2007).

The convictions in Melbourne’s Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court arose from applications for permanent residence and for citizenship using falsified information.

‘Mr Waraich was fined $5000 and was ordered to pay court costs,’ Mr Morrison said.

‘Where the department becomes aware of fraud, the matters are fully investigated and can result in both criminal and administrative penalties.

‘The successful DIBP prosecution is a clear and unambiguous reminder of this.

‘A person failing to declare information to obtain a visa and/or Australian citizenship will be considered for criminal investigation, as well as visa cancellation or revocation of citizenship.

‘My department works closely with other government agencies, both federal and state, to assist in the identification and prosecution of people committing such identity crimes,’ Mr Morrison said.

Source: http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/media/sm/2013/sm209931.htm

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