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Former Immigration Boss To Defend Fraud Charges: Lawyer

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Wellington, Nov 25 NZPA - Former Immigration Service boss Mary Anne Thompson will defend fraud and dishonesty charges relating to claims she lied on her CV when she applied for senior public service jobs, her lawyer says.

Thompson appeared in Wellington District Court on Friday facing two charges of using a document with intent to defraud and one charge of dishonestly attempting to use a document without claims of right.

She was remanded without plea to reappear on December 12.

All charges have a maximum penalty of seven years' imprisonment.

Thompson resigned from the senior position in the Labour Department after being accused of a conflict of interest for helping family members gain residency in New Zealand.

It was also alleged that she did not have a doctorate from the London School of Economics that many people many believed she had.

Thompson will defend the changes and was waiting for police to disclose their evidence, her lawyer Robert Lithgow QC told the New Zealand Herald yesterday.

The charges relate to separate incidents in 1989, 1998 and 2004 when Thompson applied for different public service jobs.

She worked as an economist with Maori Affairs in 1990. In the Treasury in 1992 and in 1998 was appointed to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, under Jenny Shipley.

In 2004, she took up the Immigration New Zealand position.

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