One of TV3's bachelorette hopefuls was sentenced to 18 months' jail for stealing almost $40,000 from her employer.
The revelation came as a shock to the network, which said it was unaware of the contestant's criminal history.
Danielle Le Gallais was sentenced in 2005 for theft as a servant, which a judge described as planned, premeditated and consistent.
But the 33-year-old's offending did not begin or end there.
The mother-of-two has fallen foul of the law several times. Her offending in Hamilton and Auckland over a number of years has included misleading the Ministry of Social Development, driving offences, and Tenancy Tribunal cases involving thousands of dollars of rent arrears on two properties.
She is one of 21 hopefuls vying for the attention of yet-to-be confirmed but rumoured bachelor Art Green on TV3's new reality series The Bachelor New Zealand. The show is to premiere on Tuesday night.
Last night, TV3 spokeswoman Rachel Lorimer confirmed the station was not aware of the offending and said the production company responsible for vetting contestants had failed to check Le Gallais' background.
A statement from Eyeworks said bachelorettes were required to declare any criminal convictions and Le Gallais did not.
"If the allegations are true, it would appear Danielle misled us. As producers of The Bachelor New Zealand, it is our responsibility to carry out police checks on the bachelorettes before casting is confirmed and unfortunately this did not take place."
Eyeworks said it was working with MediaWorks to ensure the integrity of the show was not compromised.
Ms Lorimer said TV3 was disappointed in the process breakdown, but said the show would go ahead as planned. She would not say if Le Gallais would be cut from the programme, "however the matter is being dealt with appropriately".
The Herald tried to contact Le Gallais, but it is believed she has moved overseas.
Last month TV3 was forced to apologise for minimising the role The X Factor contestant Shae Brider played in the manslaughter of Jeremy Frew in 2004. And last night it was forced to apologise for a foul-mouthed tirade by one of the X Factor judges.
Promotional material for Le Gallais stated she was an Auckland advertising executive who was looking for a partner with "loyalty, transparency, and similar views on family and boundaries".
Described as part Cook Island and part "French extrovert with something always on the go", Le Gallais says her aim in life was to make every day count.
In September 2005, the then-24-year-old was handed concurrent jail sentences in the Hamilton District Court after she was convicted of theft as a servant against her employer while on bail.
The court heard that while working at a mobile phone shop for Concord Technologies in Hamilton, Le Gallais created fictitious refunds using her manager's Eftpos card and transferred the money to her own account.
She has also been charged over returning goods to The Warehouse not bought there in exchange for cash, providing a false name to police, and having an incorrect driver's licence.
The Tenancy Tribunal has also made several orders against her for rent arrears totalling thousands of dollars.
A former colleague from Concord Technologies said Le Gallais' actions before she was caught raised some eyebrows.
"We were at the Christmas do, and she was shouting everyone drinks and she even shouted the owner drinks. [We were thinking] 'ah, you don't get paid that much'."
Danielle's history of offending
• 2003: Misleading Department of Social Development — six months concurrent sentence.
• 2004-5: Theft as a servant — 18 months concurrent jail sentence in 2005.
• 2004-5: Returned goods not bought at The Warehouse in exchange for goods or cash.
• 2008: Ordered by Tenancy Tribunal to pay $4,215 in rent arrears.
• 2009: Arrested for using a document and providing false details — given supervision.
• 2010: Gave false name to police and found driving on an incorrect licence.
• 2011: Ordered by tribunal to pay $4,763 in arrears and other damages.