Promoter guilty of pushing fake mine jobs
A jury has found Coromandel man Frank Allan Yeates guilty on charges of promoting bogus jobs in Australian mines.
After a near two-week trial in the Hamilton District Court, the jury took under three hours to find Yeates guilty on all four charges, on Friday.
Yeates claimed he was falsely accused, but the jury decided otherwise.
Yeates was convicted on three charges of making a false statement as a promoter and one charge of carrying on business fraudulently.
The charges relate to Yeates knowingly being party to AAAjobforyou NZ Ltd by carrying on a business with intent to defraud members of the public, and falsely stating on the company's website, with intent to deceive people, that it had mining industry positions available.
Two other charges of making a false statement relate to Yeates allegedly asserting that funds would be paid into the Crosbie and Associates Ltd trust account when this was not the case, and asserting that it was part of PF and DTM International Group.
All charges relate to alleged offending between February 28 and June 30, 2012.
The court heard tales of Yeates' background which included him being a famous pilot who could fly them backwards and someone who "knew everybody" in the Australian mining industry.
AAAjobforyou held 11 seminars in total in Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua and Papakura.
People were asked to take part in a four-stage process, however nobody made it that far, although in total, 148 people paid $390 to get into the first stage and a further 58 people paid $300 for the stage seminar.
It was heard in the trial that PF and DTM International Group stood for "Pay Frank and Dee The Money", which Yeates later explained was "nothing more than a good bit of Aussie and Kiwi humour".
Dee Walker is the woman who provided financial backing for AAAjobforyou NZ Ltd. "It's a recognition of Dee Walker. I just put the initials up there [on the website], there was nothing other than that in there . . . it was not put there to mislead anyone," he said.
Yeates was convicted and remanded on further bail for sentencing in April.
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