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eBay fraudulent merchant must repay 70k

October 4, 2005

An eBay fraudulent merchant has been convicted and ordered to pay 70,000 or face an extra two years in jail.

Surrey-based key cutter and engraver Simon Hurley sold counterfeit merchandise via the eBay Web site. Investigators proved that between March and December of 2003 Hurley sold about 6,000 counterfeit items, netting him almost 105,000.

Many of the items he sold - including money clips, cigarette lighters and engraved tankards - featured the crest of Manchester United football club.

In April this year Hurley pleaded guilty to a total of 16 offences. Appearing at Croydon Crown Court last Friday Hurley was sentenced to nine months and ordered to pay 8,000 costs.

The Asset Recovery Agency - which works to ensure criminals do not benefit from the proceeds of crimes - also managed to get the court to order Hurley to pay back 70,000 within six months, or face a further two years in prison.

Source: The Register



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