Expat Retiree Admits Visa Breach
DENPASAR ~ A retired British-born Australian public servant pleaded guilty at the Denpasar District Court on Tuesday to operating a business in Bali in contravention of the conditions of his visa. He told the court he apologised for his actions.
Michael Hugo Elifford (69) was arrested on December 25, 2008, and charged with being in violation of article 50 of Immigration Law No. 90/2002.
Immigration Department representative Suhedi told the court Elifford is the holder of a Visa type C (319), which is intended for retirees and prohibits the holder from conducting business activities in Indonesia and which gives the holder a 12-month Temporary Stay Permit (KITAS).
The prosecution told the court that from March 2008 to December 2008, Elifford, who then lived at Jl. Tanjung No 11A, Sanur, provided villa sales and rental services to foreigners and conducted the business of delivering labour services overseas by sending five Indonesians to work in Australia.
In his defence, Elifford said he had opened a business named Fast Consulting after receiving advice from Immigration that he could conduct business providing it “did not interfere with other people.”
He then recruited three employees – Desianti Suka Asih Kurniatus, Ni Nyoman Ayu Rusmini and Wayan Merta – who were each paid a monthly salary of Rp1.5 million (US$150).
The authorities are believed to have had their attention drawn to Elifford’s activities when Desianti decided, without consulting Elifford, to create a promotional brochure that was distributed to hotels by Merta.
Elifford admitted to charging five people Rp15 million ($1,500) each to arrange for their employment in Australia.
The judge will announce Elliford’s penalty later.Filed under: The Island