eBay Scammer Earns For Years In Prison
Crime does pay: Derrick Lee Swantz was sentenced to 52 months in federal prison for using fraudulent eBay listings. In addition, he also has to pay $252,000 in restitution.
April 29, 2009
The con would then trick potential buyers into sending him money via wire transfers or cashier's checks. The scheme brought him a hefty $121,750, the prosecution announced.
Swantz’s second scheme reveolved around cheap used Xerox copiers. The convict told investors he could buy such machines and sell them at substantial profits. Unfortunately for him, his potential victims rarely fell for the scheme and he only got $17,500.
In the end, Swantz was found guilty by a jury on one count of mail fraud and 27 counts of wire fraud.