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Kim Dotcom's money won him New Zealand residency
Kim Dotcom's money trumped his criminal past in winning him New Zealand residency
By The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) ' In the eyes of New Zealand immigration authorities, Kim Dotcom's money trumped his criminal past.

Documents released to The Associated Press this week under New Zealand public records laws show that immigration officials granted the Megaupload founder residency in 2010 after deciding the economic contribution he could bring to the country outweighed convictions in his native Germany for computer fraud and stock-price manipulation.

U.S. prosecutors are now seeking Dotcom's extradition from New Zealand, where he remains under house arrest. He was charged this year with racketeering, and is accused of facilitating millions of illegal downloads through his website. Dotcom has said U.S. authorities have cherry-picked evidence in their indictment in a way that is "misleading and malicious."

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