'Serial ID thieves' banned from auction sites

Monday, 12 January 2004, 3:48 PM EST

A US Federal Court last week imposed an order prohibiting two alleged ID fraudsters from taking part in Internet auctions. The duo was also ordered to pay more than $93,000 in compensation to consumers at the end of a civil case brought by US consumer watchdogs.

James B. Thompson and Susan B. Germek allegedly used stolen identities to sell nonexistent goods in online auctions in a ruse designed to make it appear that innocent third parties were guilty of fraud.

Since the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sued them in April 2003, Thompson and Germek have been indicted for mail fraud in connection with the allegedly fraudulent auctions by the US. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Illinois.

By John Leyden at The Register.

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