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The issue of who you paid the deposit to is probably central to resolution of this problem. If you thought you were paying of the deposit to the company not realising that it was a franchised operation, then you could likely bring a claim under the Fair Trading Act in the Disputes Tribunal for misleading and deceptive conduct, and to sue both the head office and Kevin. You could bring a claim in the tribunal yourself and would not need a lawyer. From your description I also wonder whether there is a criminal element, because if he received the money on account of work, but failed to hold on account, this possibly may be fraud. That would not get your money back unfortunately but could help with the heat on the head office.