Restaurant worker to be deported

Changsu Park, originally from South Korea, is to be sent home after overstaying his visa. Park, who is 36, applied for a job in Dunedin at a restaurant when his potential employer noticed something strange.

In 2018, Park had been staying in Auckland with his then-employer. When he moved to Dunedin and applied for a job his potential employer “became suspicious because it looked as though the identification had been altered,” a police summary said. Once confirmed that Park’s documentation was falsified, police moved to arrest him. Park had stolen the passport of his former boss’s son, as well as two driver’s licences belonging to other people.

On top of having to pay $130, Park is likely on his way back to South Korea now. Defence counsel Jim Takas said that Park “Has enjoyed his time in New Zealand very very much and hopes to come back.”