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Consumers are being warned not to deal with a North Sydney-based migration agency, Goldman Pintex Management Pty Ltd, Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean announced today.

Mr Kean said the warning also applied to the company's sole director and shareholder, Yoon Seok "Joseph" Choi.

He said the company, trading as Goldman Pintex Migration, targets consumers seeking a Temporary Work Visa (subclass 457).

"NSW Fair Trading has received 11 complaints about the company since it registered with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission in September 2016," Mr Kean said.

"Choi and his associates claim they will find a business sponsor for clients and lodge a work visa application with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

"This is in exchange for a hefty fee of up to $60,000, which is to be paid in installments by the consumer.
"In a number of cases, where an application was denied, the trader failed to refund installments already paid, leaving some consumers out of pocket by as much as $30,000.

"As if that wasn't disgraceful enough, some consumers who persisted in trying to get their money back were met with abuse, threats and insults from Goldman Pintex staff."

Fair Trading's inquiries have revealed one of the company's associates is Edward Kang, who was convicted on March 28 this year of multiple fraud offences and sentenced to up to 12 months jail.

Kang is on conditional bail awaiting a District Court appeal against his sentence and conviction.

"Kang was accused of running a similar dodgy visa racket, and Fair Trading believes he is involved in this one as well. Investigators have been told he is advising Goldman Pintex clients and accessing the company's bank accounts," Mr Kean said.

Fair Trading's investigation is ongoing. To lodge a complaint or for more information, visit NSW Fair Trading - home or phone 13 32 20.
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