One For You, One Hundred For Me…

The justice system in Lancashire UK have struck a blow for the consumer by jailing a prolific eBay scammer and fining him over £100,000, but just one thousand of this will be used to pay back his victims. Jonathan Hartley was jailed for 18 months after a Police investigation looked into complaints going back over six years. In court Hartley pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud (and one of money laundering), which are believed to have netted him over £140,000.

Taking into account the money he has already spent, Lancashire Crown Court have ordered he raise the £102,000 fine by August or face another 12 months on his sentence and the £102k fine (plus interest). Because only 34 victims have been positively identified, less than a thousand of this 'restitution' will be paid out in compensation. The rest will be split equally between the prosecutors (government), the courts and the police (Pendle Today).
     Posted By: Dumbfounded - Tue May 19, 2009
     Category: Cops | Crime | Frauds, Cons and Scams | Government | Law

In other news, this year's Lancashire Police Ball is being widely tipped as the "best ever". 😊
Posted by Dumbfounded on 05/19/09 at 07:27 AM
I'd guess he'll probably have to sell everything he bought with the illegal earnings and more to raise it. Do you think he'll put it all up on eBay?

"Stereo for sale: Court fine for running scam auction forces sale!"
Posted by Dumbfounded on 05/19/09 at 10:21 AM
Um, "Because only 34 victims have been positively identified..." they can't force him to give the names of the people he ripped off?
Posted by Nethie on 05/19/09 at 05:56 PM
ah ha that stuff doesn't just happen with our government! sic 'em df tell them all about their goverment and how evil it is!!!!! 😜
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 05/19/09 at 10:04 PM
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