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EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: A Sydney businessman accused of running a dodgy visa program is continuing to operate, despite being charged with 22 counts of fraud and misleading behaviour almost a year ago. When Lateline first came across Eddie Kang in 2013, he was accused of ripping off foreign students who were trying to secure permanent residency. He has at all times denied those claims, but later this week, some of the allegations will be tested in court. In the lead-up to that case, Lateline has uncovered fresh evidence that suggests Eddie Kang is trying to get around new laws that make it an offence to charge for visa sponsorships. Steve Cannane has our exclusive report.

STEVE CANNANE, REPORTER: Eddie Kang is still at it. A year after he was arrested and charged with 22 counts of fraud and misleading behaviour and more than two years after Lateline first exposed allegations he was charging tens of thousands of dollars for visas that never eventuated, Eddie Kang continues to issue the same kind of contracts, charging up to $60,000 for services his clients say he doesn't deliver.

KARL KONRAD, AUST. IMMIGRATION LAW SERVICES: Well you'd have to wonder where the protection for the community is when he's still handing out the same contracts that he was charged with fraud. I mean, this is just crazy.

STEVE CANNANE: How are you going? Is Eddie here?

When Lateline visited his North Sydney offices on Friday afternoon, Eddie was on the phone talking about visas.


EDDIE KANG, BUSINESSMAN: Yes, how are you?

STEVE CANNANE: Good. How are you?

EDDIE KANG: I'm here.

STEVE CANNANE: How are you going? Just checking in. Just wanted to see how things were.

EDDIE KANG: I refuse to do any comment on that, please. Please get out of this place.

STEVE CANNANE: I just wanted to check ...

EDDIE KANG: I want you to - I want you to leave this premises.

STEVE CANNANE: Are you still charging tens of thousands of dollars?

EDDIE KANG: Oh, no ...

STEVE CANNANE: Are you still charging tens - for - to secure visas?

EDDIE KANG: I have to call the police. Please remove ...

STEVE CANNANE: Can you tell me, is that your signature on that document?

EDDIE KANG: Please get out of these premises. Yeah, please get out.

STEVE CANNANE: Just tell me. Can you please at least confirm, is that your ...

EDDIE KANG: Please. I'm going to serve the defamation document on Monday, Tuesday morn', so please wait for me, OK?

STEVE CANNANE: But you can't even confirm whether that's your signature?

EDDIE KANG: No. I will send you the defamation document on Monday. Please wait.


EDDIE KANG: Please wait, Steve. See you later.


EDDIE KANG: Thank you. Bye-bye.

STEVE CANNANE: Eddie Kang hasn't always been camera shy. Back in 2013 he gave Lateline an interview where he was asked about allegations that he made a death threat against a disgruntled client.

(Oct. 2013) OK, so you've never made a death threat against a client?

EDDIE KANG: I don't do it, no.

STEVE CANNANE: OK, let's listen to this then. (Plays recording)

VOICE: Why are you sending me this type of message? Why are you ...

EDDIE KANG: Yeah, so I mean, that was a big fighting and then I think he recorded it at the later stage.

STEVE CANNANE: Have a listen to it.

EDDIE KANG: No, no, I decline to listen to it because that was kind of planned strategically.

STEVE CANNANE: Listen to it.

VOICE: I kill you, man!

STEVE CANNANE: Did you say, "I kill you, man"?

EDDIE KANG: Well he told me that too.

STEVE CANNANE: Since that interview, Eddie Kang has proved a master of reinvention. First he started calling himself Ted Kang, then he changed his business name from Singapore Oil to Skylane. This year, he's been offering visa deals under the name Mill & Penn, a company that has been struck off by ASIC.

Lateline has obtained two recent contracts issued by Mill & Penn. This one, issued in January, seems designed to get around new laws that make it an offence to charge for visa sponsorships. It includes a clause that says, "From December, 2015, we do no charge any monies for sponsor search and/or sponsor-related events and do these on complementary basis since you use our services for other areas."

KARL KONRAD, AUST. MIGRATION LAW SERVICES: I had to laugh when I read that. It's like going to the mechanic and they say they charge to wash your car, but all the servicing fees are free. I mean, effectively, this is a blatant way to get around the new laws to stop offering sponsorship for money and we're talking about $60,000, I believe, in that particular contract. That's not a small sum.

STEVE CANNANE: Karl Konrad is appalled that Eddie Kang has been allowed to continue to operate, despite facing 22 charges. He first complained to the Department of Immigration about Kang in 2013.

KARL KONRAD: You know, it's a bit depressing to see how long this has been going on for. If there'd been permanent residents or citizens being affected by all this, I'm sure he possibly would've been shut down by authorities a long time ago, so one has to wonder: is it just because it's the temporary residents of this country that are being targeted?

STEVE CANNANE: Last year, a former Kang employee, who worked with him for one day, told Lateline how his business operated.

DANIEL, FORMER KANG EMPLOYEE (Sept., 2015): The way that he organises it is he takes the money from the clients and then he poses as a client in setting up a Gmail account similar to their name and makes contact to the Department of Immigration on the web and registers with that client's name with some slight alteration to it.

STEVE CANNANE: So as he does that, he's pretending to be the client rather than an agency.

DANIEL: Yeah. Yeah, he's posing as the client. And he doesn't inform the client of this and he doesn't give the client access or control of that Gmail account. ... He poses as the individual in his dealings with the department, but he poses as a migration agent in his dealings with the client.

STEVE CANNANE: It will be these kinds of allegations that will be under scrutiny later this week when Eddie Kang is due to face the court over 22 charges of fraud and deception. He's pleading not guilty to all charges. The case is set down for 10 days at Parramatta Local Court.