'Witch doctors' leave NZ - MBIE
Twenty alleged witch doctors embroiled in a major scam targeting vulnerable Kiwis have fled the country, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has confirmed.
The suspects were residing in New Zealand on tourist or temporary work visas, and duping Kiwis into forking out thousands of dollars for their fraudulent services.
One Auckland businessman paid $275,000 to a witch doctor who left the country hours after receiving the cash.
Alerts have now been placed on the passports of the alleged scammers in case they apply to enter New Zealand again.