William Yan



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    William Yan - the Man of many names
    2001: Arrives in New Zealand with two identities, Yang Liu and Yong Ming Yan.
    2002: Granted permanent residency as Yang Liu.
    2005: Applied for citizenship. Makes donations to Labour and National.
    2007: Immigration New Zealand's moves to revoke permanent residency vetoed by minister.
    2008: Three MPs write in support of citizenship application. Citizenship approved by ministerial prerogative, against advice of officials. Ceremony held at Parliament. Changed his name to William Yan.
    2009: Arrested at Auckland Airport and charged with making false declarations on his immigration and citizenship papers.
    2012: Found not guilty in High Court at Auckland, despite Justice Timothy Brewer saying the evidence "proves a situation that is highly suspicious".
    2013: Auditor-General releases report which criticises former Cabinet minister Shane Jones for granting citizenship but said there was no evidence of wrongdoing.
    2014: Police raid Mr Yan's penthouse and seize his assets.
    2016: He agrees to forfeit $42.85 million as a settlement of the civil case.



  • So... is he buying your government, or what?



  • So... is he buying your government, or what?

    He bought the Labour govt, not the current one. A whole different bunch are probably buying this one.



  • that more than pays for the Flag referendum!



  • Be a couple of labour MPs wishing they could photoshop themselves from a few photos and news paper articles right about now.
    Between him and .com you can't help feel the average NZ mp has absolutely no idea on distinguishing between dodgy rich guys and non dodgy rich guys



  • Between him and .com you can't help feel the average NZ mp has absolutely no idea on distinguishing between dodgy rich guys and non dodgy rich guys

    If there's a difference 🙂
     
    Maybe that's the problem with politics - compromises need to happen, and its little steps between that and corruption.



  • Be a couple of labour MPs wishing they could photoshop themselves from a few photos and news paper articles right about now.
    Between him and .com you can't help feel the average NZ mp has absolutely no idea on distinguishing between dodgy rich guys and non dodgy rich guys

    The ones who can didn't take the money, and didn't get to be MPs.  Simple Darwinism at work ... and we get the governments we deserve.



  • I can't believe that this isn't a bigger story. Christ, you're supposed to sell residency, not citizenship!



  • I can't believe that this isn't a bigger story. Christ, you're supposed to sell residency, not citizenship!

    Pretty sure they sold him both, and also refused to cancel his residence visa when Immigration wanted him deported.



  • This is the sort of news the media should be all over, not Hillary figgin whats her name.
    By world standards NZ has a proud record of low levels of corruption and singling out this type of shit helps keep it that way.
    Every basket case country and many more besides suffer greatly because politicians and governments get away with corruption. IMO it's one of the worst traits to creep into a society, and if not identified and acted upon it can easily become the norm.
    These people involved in this should and must be taken to task.