A company director who promised job-seekers work in Australian mines has been arrested.

Frank Yeates was stopped at Auckland International Airport, where he was preparing to board a flight to Australia last week.

It is alleged the company did not deliver on its promises.

Many of the applicants complained to the Commerce Commission, alleging they were not offered work and were unable to contact the company after parting with their cash.


Hamilton Detective Simon Eckersley said the Commerce Commission alerted police after receiving 750 complaints about Yeates' company.

Police put out an alert at the borders after failing to track down Yeates at his last known addresses.

Once arrested at the airport, Yeates appeared in the Manukau District Court charged with running a company, AAAjobforyou Ltd, with intent to defraud the public between March 28 and June 30.

Matt Taumanu said he paid $690 to Yeates after a seminar in Rotorua in March.

He said he was told he would need to pay $390 to have his CV rewritten and $300 for a Skype interview with a mining company in Australia or Papua New Guinea.

" It was two weeks later that I realised that there was no job because I couldn't get in touch with the company and my emails started bouncing back," he said.

Yeates has been bailed to appear in the Hamilton District Court on August 15. He could not be reached for comment.