Sunday, July 13, 2008

Alleged eBay fraudster living in car

AN alleged eBay fraudster tracked down by his internet-savvy victims was living out of a car when he was arrested, a court has been told.

Police say Chun Fai "Timothy" Tsang is under investigation for a total of 90 online shopping frauds totalling $150,000.
Tsang, 26, of Chatswood, appeared in Hornsby Local Court yesterday charged with two counts of obtaining benefit by deception after allegedly being paid for goods he offered on eBay but failing to deliver them.
Yesterday, The Daily Telegraph revealed that Tsang was arrested as he reported to Chatswood police station on Tuesday night, after his victims, led by Melbourne IT worker Neil Moreton, launched an internet investigation to find him.
Police prosecutor Mick Crowther told the court Tsang, who was applying for bail, could reoffend or flee if released.
He said Tsang was on a travel visa and unable to earn any legitimate form of income, and was under investigation for a further 90 similar offences.
"He's residing in a motor vehicle and he has no means of an income other than committing further offences," the prosecutor told the court.
Court documents revealed Tsang is charged with defrauding a man and a woman out of a combined $2800 after they both bought computers from him on eBay that Tsang failed to deliver.
The documents stated that when arrested, Tsang had $1916 cash and a hire car which he claimed to be living in. He was on bail after being charged with larceny after failing to return a Hertz hire car last month.
Tsang's solicitor Bill Dickens said the police allegations contained "misleading rubbish".
Tsang was granted conditional bail and will appear in court on July 16.


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