Authorities have swooped on a man who allegedly targeted international students with false promises of a subclass-457 work visa in exchange for up to $45,000.
The Australian, by Jared Owens, 20 February 2015
South Korean-born Eddie Kang, 51, a director of 20 registered companies, allegedly lodged visa applications under various business names knowing they were likely to be rejected.
Clients demanding refunds were refused or threatened with violence, prosecutors will allege.
Mr Kang was arrested on Wednesday after a six-month investigation that culminated in a multi-agency operation that yielded laptops, computers, cameras and files from properties in North Sydney and inner-western Rozelle.
The Singapore Oil chief executive has been charged with 14 counts of fraud — each punishable with up to 10 years’ jail — and four counts of misleading conduct in connection with employment, each punishable with fines up to $220,000.
The charges relate to alleged fraud of about $80,000. Authorities are continuing inquiries and further victims may be identified. Efforts to reach Mr Kang were unsuccessful.
NSW Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox described Mr Kang as a “serial swindler” who allegedly drained numerous international students of their savings. “This should send a clear message to rogue operators that if you are doing the wrong thing, you will be caught,” Mr Mason-Cox said.
“This is a fantastic result for the consumers of NSW, particularly vulnerable international students, as it means another fraudster has been taken off the streets and shut down.
“The arrest and pending prosecution of Mr Kang will be of some comfort for his victims, who have been left thousands of dollars out of pocket.
Mr Kang, who was granted conditional bail, will face Parramatta Local Court on March 20.
The operation comprised NSW Fair Trading, NSW Police and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.