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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Sat Mar 14 2015 13:51:33

Ex eBay Employee and Ecom Guru Arrested on Felony Charges

By: Ina Steiner

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A former eBay employee turned online-selling guru and author was arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography in January, according to San Luis Obispo Tribune

Steve Lindhorst began working at eBay's San Jose Headquarters as its Advertising Operations Manager in 2000 and in 2002, he became a contracted eBay University Instructor and eBay Education Specialist, according to a profile on the eBay website. During his 2 years at eBay, he built an operations team to manage all advertising delivery and related revenue.

After focusing on teaching people how to sell on eBay, he shifted the focus to how eBay sellers could sell on Amazon. He wrote several guides to online selling - "Selling on the River: the eBay Seller's Guide to Amazon.com," and "The Niche Book - How to Pick a Niche for Profit," and has been interviewed on the topic by many publications, including the New York Times and EcommerceBytes. In 2010, he was a guest on EcommerceBytes' Ecommerce Industry Soundbytes podcast.

The Paso Robles Police Department arrested the 51-year-old in January after receiving information "from a reliable source" on Jan. 6 that he was in possession of child pornography on his personal computer. In a notice on its website dated Jan. 22, the police department said he was charged with lewd act with a child under 14 years of age (felony), possession of child pornography (felony), possession of explicit child pornography (felony), and posting intimate photos of another without consent (misdemeanor) and said the investigation was ongoing. 

We were unable to reach the lieutenant in charge of the case at the Paso Robles PD on Friday. We sought comment from Lindhorst; he has not returned the call by the time of this posting.

Lindhorst's profile was removed from Facebook on Friday, and his websites about teaching people how to use the Internet to make money are unavailable, including MultichannelSurfer.com and GenuineSeller.com. His Twitter and LinkedIn profile remain accessible.




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by: sasikat9 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Mar 14 15:46:10 2015

What is there to say????? BUT I just hope he spends the rest of his miserable life in jail....Cons like people like him.

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by: Volvo351 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Mar 14 15:49:25 2015

As an eBay seller, I have plenty of legit gripes with that outfit, but THIS is NOT the fault of The Hoe or any of the rest of mis-management.  Really, Ina, unless you have some scrap of info that links this to JD&Co. please take down the thread.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Sat Mar 14 15:57:59 2015

I read "eBay" and "arrested" and was hoping JD was finally going to pay for all the damage he's done to sellers.

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by: brokentoys19 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Mar 14 16:05:23 2015

Thanks for posting this. It's about ebay corporate culture. This person rubbed... uhm... elbows with senior ebay personnel and has been featured prominently in several official ebay publications and events.  

This is not the first such incident. Maybe he can get a cell with that paypal engineer/coach who molested (pled guilty to and was convicted) the little girl on his soccer team?  

Looks like a mad scrubbing of the interwebs is underway.


eBay: fun for the whole family. Bring the kids. (pukelol)

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by: Volvo351 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Mar 14 20:11:46 2015

@iheartjacksparrow

Certainly would be nice if The Hoe did a Perp Walk for insider trading/manipulation but since his wife works for Barry Hussein Soetoro he's probably protected by the Department of INJustice.

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by: Volvo351 This user has validated their user name.

Sat Mar 14 20:14:52 2015

Gee, it seems as if this "seller" found his "niche market," eh?  Anybody who participated in making or distributing images that exploit kids needs to be locked up.  There's no "1st Amendment" right to abuse children.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Sat Mar 14 20:18:53 2015

And what about all the other criminals in the eBay executive suite that are knowingly and calculatingly and demonstrably facilitating, and aiding and abetting, before and after the fact, blatant, endemic wire fraud on its auctions marketplace ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Sun Mar 15 02:49:31 2015

@ Phil

What this guy did is horrific.  The thing that a lifetime of nightmares are made from. And you want to use this as a forum to yet again complain about the management at Ebay.

Are you kidding me?  That is what you take away from this article?!?! You don't even acknowledge the fact that this person was hurting CHILDREN!  It is more important to you to slam ebay!  

It is my sincere hope that if this guy is guilty that he spends the rest of his life in prison so that he will never hurt another child.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Basset

Sun Mar 15 08:55:54 2015

The fact that he used to work for heavily and many times justly criticized eBay, and the fact that he may be a pedophile are two different things.

This (alleged) crime is not on eBay UNLESS they are involved in or covering up the alleged perp's actions.  


Same logic if he were an eBay SELLER and a pedophile.  

It would not be logical or fair to conclude that ALL eBay sellers are into child porn or pedophilia just because this one individual may be.



This article DOES inform those who might indirectly support this guy through his educational materials.  Might want to support someone else!

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen
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Sun Mar 15 18:12:23 2015

The fact is, if this story had not had an eBay connection, it would not have appeared here ...

The further fact is, eBay is demonstrably an organisation of criminal facilitators that will do virtually anything, including knowingly aiding and abetting blatant wire fraud activity, to cheat their consumers out of their money …

The eBay executive suite—where the incompetent mingle with the disingenuous, the malevolent and the outright criminal, and the just plain stupid ... http://bit.ly/11F2eas  

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by: Moonwishes This user has validated their user name.
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Mon Mar 16 00:54:17 2015

I used to work at the local jail where these creeps first came to reside following arrest. Amazing how some of them wanted to whine to me (the nurse) about how they really didn't do anything and they were as innocent  -- boohoo! All I could see was through the eyes of a child how permanently scarred those children would be. I know I heard at the jail that once these guys got to the 'big house', many of them had 'accidents' like falling off a high tier. No matter what stuff the other guys are in for, those that hurt children are lower than scum and will always have to watch their backs.

I certainly wouldn't blame ebay or any other corporation that these guys have been hired by, since this is not something the preps make known about themselves. But if he was still employed by ebay I would like to see that they gave him a swift boot out of the building.

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by: Redlion This user has validated their user name.

Mon Mar 16 01:24:05 2015

Just another eBay employee "sticking it to the little guy".

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This user has validated their user name. by: bitbybit

Mon Mar 16 01:34:08 2015

Want to bet eBay still has this guy registered as an active user? Any reports to eBay will go unanswered.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Marie

Mon Mar 16 02:41:14 2015

@redlion

You do realize you are talking about CHILDREN don't you?!?!?  There is no humor in that!

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by: wanda This user has validated their user name.

Mon Mar 16 03:08:37 2015

Realty check... the guy was arrested on suspicion.  It does not say convicted.  Maybe he was doing a good job and he had to go.  You were not there, you do not know what is really going down.  We do have an assumption of innocent until proven guilty, yes?

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This user has validated their user name. by: Philip Cohen

Mon Mar 16 03:41:35 2015

"Realty check"? What's real estate got to do with this matter?

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by: brokentoys19 This user has validated their user name.

Mon Mar 16 04:05:59 2015

Reality check. People are arrested, charged and held to await trial due to the weight of *evidence*. That's not the same as suspicion.

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by: a_c_green This user has validated their user name.

Mon Mar 16 10:22:12 2015

What exactly is the relevance of eBay to this case?

Quoting from this story: ''In 2010, he was a guest on EcommerceBytes' Ecommerce Industry Soundbytes podcast.'' Why, then, does the headline not read ''EcommerceBytes' Podcast Guest Arrested on Felony Charges''?

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This user has validated their user name. by: Puck

Mon Mar 16 10:32:57 2015

'' We do have an assumption of innocent until proven guilty, yes?''
Didn't seem to work that way for the policeman in Ferguson Missouri, yes?

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by: Eric Saeger This user has validated their user name.

Mon Mar 16 10:42:18 2015

Volvo, why so sensitive?  You should maybe stick to making ironically intolerant comments about eBay support staff. It's just so... you.

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