Matchmaker ordered to face court

THE woman behind a bogus Gold Coast dating agency previously banned by Queensland and NSW fair trading authorities has reportedly been back in business.

Helen Dimitrijevski has been ordered back to court for allegedly breaching a ban on providing introduction services which was imposed on her by the Queensland Supreme Court in 2003.

Ms Dimitrijevski, her husband Zivko Dimitrijevski and the company's managing director Holly Veall were ordered by the Supreme Court to repay more than $500,000 to 54 victims who launched legal action against TLC Consulting Services in 2003.

The court found the trio had used misleading and deceptive tactics to convince people to sign expensive contracts for dating services, life coaching and grooming packages.

Evidence also showed that the company had preyed on emotionally vulnerable people struggling to find a partner because they had a disability or lived in remote areas.

The trio was banned from providing introduction services to Queensland residents, but soon set up shop just across the southern border in Tweed Heads.

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