Healthcare Worker to be Deported

DEPORTED

A 44-year-old female aged care worker will be deported back to her native Fiji after admitting to using a patient's credit card to steal thousands of dollars. She has been in New Zealand since 2009 and was employed as a healthcare assistant through a nursing bureau.

The care worker went into the elderly resident’s bedroom to care for him and, during this time, took his credit card without his permission. She used his credit card eight times over a period of two weeks, for the total sum of $3500.

The worker identified only as HJ, pleaded guilty to four counts of using a document for pecuniary advantage. In March this year, she was granted a discharge without conviction, but in May Immigration NZ issued her with a deportation liability notice.

“The lack of conviction does not change the view I hold that I am not satisfied you are of good character,” the notice read.

“You were in a position of trust and offended against someone in your care, and I am concerned this behaviour will continue in the future.”

The letter noted HJ also had previous warnings from the police for other dishonesty offending. She had appealed the deportation however the tribunal ruled HJ did not have exceptional circumstances and declined her appeal.