Man accused of passport scam appears in court

A 51-year-old man who allegedly impersonated a government officer as part of a Tongan passport scam appeared in court yesterday Monday 23 Police said in a statement.

The Tonga Police Passport Taskforce arrested the man from Hofoa/Tokomololo after complaint he had deceived a foreign national into getting him and his family naturalization certificates and Tongan passports, Acting Police Commissioner Viliami ‘Unga Fa’aoa said

“He impersonated a member of a government ministry without his knowledge that resulted in depriving large amount of money from the victim”.

Fa’aoa said the man has been charged with obtaining money by false pretences contrary to section 164, Criminal Offences Act. He is remanded in police custody and will appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate Court on Monday 23 January 2017 for bail.

Police investigation continues.

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