The director of a nonprofit organization that purported to help victims of international child trafficking has been arrested in New York City on fraud charges.

Federal prosecutors announced the charges against Peter Senese on Tuesday morning.

A criminal complaint accuses Senese of defrauding parents through an organization called I CARE. It says he collected large fees on false promises he would reunite abducted children with their families.

The complaint says Senese told clients he was traveling the world as part of his efforts. It says he actually never left the United States.

The 49-year-old Senese was to appear in court later Tuesday. The name of his lawyer wasn't immediately available.