Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Auction on eBay leads to military theft charges

A staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and his mother face federal charges that they stole high-grade equipment used on military helicopters and sold it overseas over the Internet.

Leonard Allen Schenk, who was assigned to the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, near Mary Esther, also is charged with trying to hire an undercover agent to kill a possible prosecution witness, not publicly identified, sometime between May and June.

Schenk is scheduled for an 11 a.m. arraignment Monday before U.S. Magistrate Miles Davis on 21 charges, including racketeering, witness tampering, federal trade violations and soliciting murder.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

'Notorious' eBay fraud sentence

A 20-year-old "obsessed" with defrauding customers of the internet auction site eBay has been sentenced to two years' custody.

Philip Shortman, from Cwmbran, south Wales, was sent to a detention centre for another £45,000 eBay fraud in 2005.

The judge at Newport Crown Court said his deception "strikes at the system" of internet trading "as a whole".

In the latest fraud he was jailed for conning eBay users of £14,000 and breaching a suspended jail term.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Historical Society Member Accused Of Selling Artifacts

Plattsburgh police said a board member of the Clinton County Historical Association stole items from the historical museum and listed some of them on eBay.

Police said the President of the Historical Association called them after a sword presented to Captain William B. Pratt in 1863 was stolen from the museum and posted on eBay.

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