Con man facing deportation to NZ from Australia for fake visa scam

Eddie Kang was sentenced in 2017 to 12 months in prison for fraud and misleading conduct.
Eddie Kang was sentenced in 2017 to 12 months in prison for fraud and misleading conduct. Photo credit: ABC

A serial con man who defrauded international students of tens of thousands of dollars is facing deportation to New Zealand.

Korean-born Sydney-based businessman Eddie Kang was convicted of 22 counts of fraud and misleading conduct involving 11 foreign students in 2017. 

The students had paid his north Sydney firm for residency visas that were never delivered, ABC News reports. 

One student paid Kang $35,000, thinking she would be granted citizenship. No visa or job was obtained and that student never got a refund. 

On Thursday, Sydney's Federal Court heard how the Minister of Home Affairs Peter Dutton has now issued Kang with a letter notifying him there are grounds to cancel his visa. 

Since 2012, Kang has been living in Australia on 444 visa, a type of visa granted to New Zealand passport holders.

He was sentenced to 12 months in prison in 2017 but to this day has not served any time inside after appealing his conviction. 

His appeal case is set to be heard in court on February 11. 

The decision to put Kang on deportation notice does not appear to be on the grounds of bad character, ABC News reports. 

He is facing deportation for prohibiting visa sponsorship payments under a subsection of Australia's Migration Act. 

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