Man defrauds eBay customers of EUR 391,500

5th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

5 April 2005, MAINZ - Jailing a man who persuaded 120 eBay customers to send him money for cameras and memory cards, but sent them nothing in return, a German court said on Tuesday a crime syndicate may have been behind the scam.

5 April 2005

MAINZ - Jailing a man who persuaded 120 eBay customers to send him money for cameras and memory cards, but sent them nothing in return, a German court said on Tuesday a crime syndicate may have been behind the scam.

The defendant (39) admitted professional fraud, but refused to say where the money had gone. Over three months up to July 2004, he milked members of the online auction site and a photography company of EUR 391,500.

The court in Mainz, western Germany, sentenced him to three and half years in jail. It said there was a strong suspicion he was affiliated to organised crime, but this had not been proven beyond reasonable doubt.

The case was the second in Germany in two days. On Monday, a court in Gera, eastern Germany, jailed a 35-year-old man for five years for 'selling' computer components more than 90 times in 2002 and 2003, but supplying nothing. His wife (37) got a two-year suspended term.

The couple's eBay frauds totalled EUR 14,000. In court, they denied fraud, saying they had had a "delivery problem".

DPA

Subject: German news

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