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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 99 - June 10, 2001 - ISSN 1539-5065    1 of 2

California Man Pleads Guilty to Internet Fraud

By Ina Steiner
June 10, 2001

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Richard Wesley Morris of Arcata, California pleaded guilty in federal court in San Francisco to charges of bilking online bidders who never received the items he had offered for sale on EBay. According to prosecutors, Morris had been posted items on EBay but did not ship them to winning bidders. Authorities believe that over 50 people in the U.S. and other countries were defrauded by Morris, with losses of at least $10,000. Morris allegedly used numerous EBay IDs and e-mail addresses. Using different user names, Morris built his feedback up by selling items back and forth to himself, according to an FBI affidavit. Morris plead guilty to one count each of wire fraud and mail fraud. He could face prison when sentenced on Sept. 12.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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