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Ipswich: Fraudulent eBay trader must pay £1,800 compensation

07:00 23 February 2013

eBay trader guilty of postage fraud

eBay trader guilty of postage fraud

AN eBay trader who fiddled internet postage labels for the goods she was despatching must pay £1,800 compensation to the Royal Mail.

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Samantha Keen, of Oldfield Road, Ipswich, admitted two charges of fraud by false representation when she appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

The first offence occurred between August 1, 2011, and October 22, 2012. The court heard it was impossible to quantify the loss over that period.

The second offence occurred between October 21, 2012, and October 27, 2012, and involved a total fraud of £1,840.17.

Prosecutor David Stewart said Keen prepaid for a label online, but printed out several other labels for the same cost, thereby committing fraud.

Mr Stewart said during October 2011 the Royal Mail centre in Ipswich noticed duplicate stamps on different packages which were being sent. This led back to Keen’s internet business involving selling dried milk to places such as China.

The 38-year-old was arrested and made full admissions during an interview, the court heard. She also expressed remorse.

Helen Korfanty, representing Keen, said the mother-of-four was in need of money. Originally Keen, who is pregnant with her fifth child, did not realise how expensive the postage would be, so she decided to take advantage of the situation.

Keen has now had to compensate her customers who paid her, but have been left without milk.

District Judge Celia Dawson told Keen: “It was a way of subsidising your business by quite a lot. In my estimation it was considerably more than £1,800.”

Keen was given a two-year conditional discharge, but ordered to pay compensation to Royal Mail and £750 prosecution costs. She was also told to pay £15 to the victims’ fund.

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3 comments

  • Well said Pepperpotty; this is the result of a welfare system that 'compensates' people for their foolishness. Maybe she will get a bigger house as well as other benefits. Meanwhile those who saved (responsibly) all their lives are being destroyed by government policy designed to keep interest rates low.

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    Johnthebap

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • Well all i can say is this sort of thing go on alot a good money maker nice to see not all get away with it mind you there are alot of GOOD ebayers too:+)

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    steve

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

  • What I don't understand is why if she is so strapped for cash is she pregnant with her 5th child.

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    Pepperpotty

    Saturday, February 23, 2013

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