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A FRAUDSTER tricked eBay customers out of nearly pounds 3,000.

Conman David McKenna, 36, repeatedly sold expensive games consoles on the online auction site.

But Liverpool crown court heard he never owned the items and simply took the bidders' cash with no intention of sending on any goods.

Graham Pickavance, prosecuting, told how McKenna sold the items under his mother's name and used her email and house address.

When buyers eventually complained, police raided his elderly and vulnerable mother's home in Falcon Hey, Aintree.

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They discovered several games consoles, eBay letters and invoices. Mr Pickavance said McKenna's mother had little knowledge of the internet site.

McKenna, of Gribble Road, Fazakerley, was later interviewed and initially claimed the listings were done by his mother, but later admitted he was behind the scam.

He confessed he had used eBay since August 2006, but got into debt and was no longer allowed to register, forcing him to use his mother's details.

But McKenna, who admitted 25 counts of fraud, was spared prison after Judge Gerald Clifton heard he led a "hard-working life" caring for his mother and wife.

Tom Watson, defending, told the court McKenna's wife had suffered a brain haemorrhage in November 2007 and could no longer leave the house unaided.

He added that McKenna, who has no previous convictions, also cared for their two children.

Suspending a 51-week prison sentence for two years with supervision, Judge Clifton said: "This was dishonest, there is no getting away from it."
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 1, 2009
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