A UK court has ordered an eBay scammer to pay back over £100,000 to people that he duped into buying defective electronic goods.
Jonathan Hartley, who was jailed last year for 18 months for fraud, was yesterday ordered by the Preston Crown Court to pay £102,000 compensation to victims or face an extra 12 months behind bars.
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Hartley, who made more than £140,000 from selling defective goods through the online auction site eBay, was arrested after Lancashire police investigated complaints from several countries.
It took police nine months to track down Hartley to Nelson in Lancashire. He had worked through several accomplices using 11 eBay accounts.
Police said this case should send out a clear warning to other people involved in similar scams that they will be brought to justice and stripped of their gains, according to local news site Pendle Today.
An eBay spokesman said buyers should use a PayPal account to help protect them from losing money to scammers like Hartley.
eBay has been locked in a long-running battle with luxury goods makers which accuse the auction site of failing to stop the sale of counterfeit goods.
A French court last week ordered eBay to collaborate on halting counterfeit sales with L'Oreal, one of several luxury brands to tackle eBay in the courts on the issue.