NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A New Jersey man has been charged in what federal prosecutors say was a scheme to defraud hundreds of sellers of foreign and antique banknotes on the online auction site eBay.
49-year-old David D’Aries of Summit is charged with one count of mail fraud.
New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney says D’Aries won approximately 400 auctions during a five year period on eBay, posing as three different individuals, including his dead father.
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Prosecutors say D’Aries would pay for his purchases using PayPal or a variety of credit cards, then call the credit card companies and claim he had never received an item or a charge was unauthorized. Prosecutors estimate the losses to eBay, PayPal and various sellers total aproximately $122,000.
A message left for D’Aries’ attorney Thursday afternoon was not immediately returned.
D’Aries faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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