Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Private Investigator's False Claims Caught

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Private Investigator's False Claims Caught

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Byline: Elouise Quinlivan Elouise.Quinlivan@thechronicle.com.au

A ROGUE private investigator operating in Toowoomba has been caught ripping off distraught families who sought his help to find their loved ones.

John Trevor Dobson was the sole operator of Ozpeopletrace, an online business offering to help people find missing family members and friends.

As a result of an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading he was ordered on Thursday to pay $3645 in fines for breaches of Australian Consumer Law.

Mr Dobson was fined $2500 on two counts of wrongly accepting payment and three counts of claiming false affiliations.

The company claimed to be part of two industry associations but an OFT investigation revealed Mr Dobson had not been a member of either since 2009.

The Court heard Mr Dobson took $1145 from two people who had contracted him to find missing family members.

When asked to provide evidence of any actual work performed for the two consumers, Mr Dobson was unable to do so. …

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