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The man accused earlier this month of running a mining recruitment scam in Queensland has surrendered his passport and been released on bail.
Yeppoon based David Macartney, 62, is charged with four counts of obtaining money by deception and two counts of attempting to dishonestly obtain money.
Macartney’s case was mentioned briefly on Friday in Maroochydore Magistrates Court, and he was ordered to hand over his passport as part of the bail conditions.
His lawyers requested the case be transferred to Yeppoon, on Queensland’s central coast.
The charges allege he defrauded six people out of more than $32,000 after falsely recruiting them to work for a major Western Australian mining company.
The victims were all from the Sunshine Coast and aged from their 20s to 40s.
Police say Macartney posed as a representative from a high profile recruitment agency, and guaranteed people a job in the mining industry if they handed over their money.
They said they became alerted of the scam after officials from the Western Australian company expressed concern at Macartney using their name.
After Macartney’s arrest earlier this month police warned the public to be wary of mining training courses, and to seek independent advice before investing in them.