The identity of a woman accused of an apparent document scam, in which more than 1000 Filipinos working on New Zealand dairy farms allegedly paid thousands of dollars for fraudulent visas, can be revealed.
She is Loraine Anne Jayme, 35, of Te Aroha.
Jayme’s new counsel, Hamilton lawyer Roger Laybourn, on Wednesday argued unsuccessfully in the High Court in Hamilton for the continuation of name suppression.
Suppression had been lifted by Judge Sharyn Otene in December; however, the defendant immediately appealed.
Justice Edwin Wylie on Wednesday afternoon agreed with the earlier decision and suppression was lifted.
Earlier on Wednesday, Jayme appeared before Judge Glen Marshall in the Hamilton District Court, where she was remanded without plea until March 16, to allow Laybourn to get to grips with the 284 charges his new client is facing.
Three representative charges of obtaining by deception, knowingly using an altered document, and using a document for pecuniary advantage – initially laid by the police in October – were withdrawn by consent at her district court appearance.
In November, Jayme had a further 284 fraud charges laid against her, covering obtaining by deception, using forged documents, supplying false information and forgery.
Jayme is a joint New Zealand-Philippines national. The charges against her have been brought by Immigration New Zealand.
Laybourn argued for the continuation of suppression on the basis that death threats had been made against his client, and the publication of her name would increase the likelihood of more threats.
He also contended it would affect the health of some of Jayme’s ailing family members in the Philippines and that it could likely lead to hardship in the form of teasing and bullying of her child.
Crown prosecutor Trelise Needham said it was likely the person or persons who made the threats of harm against Jayme and her family had sent them to her in two separate emails. However, that indicated those people already knew her identity. While it was possible the people who sent those emails were Filipino dairy workers whose stay in New Zealand had been threatened due to the alleged false documents, all the affected workers had now had their visas’ status confirmed by the ministry and they were not at risk of deportation.
“Their motivation [to harm her] has been mitigated.”
Justice Wylie agreed, deciding publication would do nothing to either “accelerate or extinguish” the possibility of further threats being made or anyone acting on those threats.
The potential for her child to be bullied could easily be managed by the family and school staff, and it was not likely the lifting of suppression would affect her family in her home country.
“Ms Jayme’s name is not the name she known by in the Philippines. It is her married name,” the judge said.
About 1700 Filipinos are already working on dairy farms in New Zealand.
An investigation began several months ago after Immigration New Zealand staff in Christchurch noticed concerning patterns among visa applications from Filipinos seeking to work on dairy farms.
Source: STUFF NZ