Mining job fraud trial starts

00:56, Feb 10 2014

A Coromandel man is going on trial today on charges of fraudulently promising people jobs in Australian mines.

Frank Allan Yeates is fighting four charges, three of making a false statement as a promoter and carrying on business fraudulently.

Yeates' trial is set down to continue into early next week in the Hamilton District Court before a jury overseen by Judge David Ruth.

Details of Yeates' charges are knowingly being party to a company (AAAjobforyou NZ Ltd), carrying on a business with intent to defraud members of the public and making a false statement with intent to deceive - in that the company's website listed mining industry vacancies for jobs that didn't exist.

Two other charges of making a false statement relate to Yeates allegedly asserting that funds would be paid into a trust account when this was not the case and asserting that the company was part of P.F and D.T.M International Group.

All charges are related to alleged offending between February 28 and June 30, 2012.

Yeates is alleged to have held several seminars, including one in Hamilton, for people hoping to work in Australian mines.

He was arrested at Auckland International Airport as he was about to board a flight to Australia.