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Millionaire Businessman Faces Immigration Charges

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Millionaire Businessman Faces Immigration Charges

Wellington, July 4 NZPA - Auckland millionaire Yong Ming Yan, granted New Zealand citizenship in August last year despite officials' advice to decline his application, has been charged with making false declarations on immigration papers and using fake identities to get a passport.

Yan - also known as Bill Liu, Yang Liu and William Yan - was supported in his bid for citizenship by Labour MPs Dover Samuels and Chris Carter, and National MP Pansy Wong.

Police arrested him last Saturday as he was about to board a plane to leave the country, The Weekend Herald reported.

Yan appeared in Manukau District Court, and is facing 12 charges in relation to false declarations on his immigration papers, having false passports and using deception to gain citizenship.

Yan entered no plea to the charges. He was granted bail.

Yan became a New Zealand citizen under the name Yang Liu, but changed his name days later and was granted a passport in the name of William Yan.

Passports he held in two other names were earlier seized by investigators.

Officials had advised that Yan was the subject of an Interpol notice for an arrest in China for allegedly committing serious financial fraud there totalling about $NZ2.7 million, using one of his companies.

It was alleged that he fraudulently obtained and used Chinese identity documents relating to another identity, including two false passports, according to documents released under the Official Information Act.

He was granted citizenship after lobbying from former Labour MP Dover Samuels, who regarded him as a close friend.

Rick Barker, the then Internal Affairs Minister charged with approving citizenship applications, was also on the list of politicians who knew Yan. Because of this, he passed the file to another minister, Shane Jones, the newspaper reported.

Mr Jones overruled Internal Affairs advice that Liu - now Yan - did not meet character requirements and granted him citizenship.

Mr Jones, now the Opposition spokesman for economic development and the environment, last night declined to comment.

Yan had lived in New Zealand since December 2001, and applied for citizenship in 2005. He has given both Labour and National parties unsolicited donations of $5000.

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