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Man Sentenced in Phishing Phraud

Associated Press News Wire (
Tue, 1 Nov 2005 10:42:06 -0600

A British man was sentenced to four years in jail Tuesday for
masterminding a "phishing" fraud which stole identities and bank
details from customers of the eBay auction site.

Prosecutors said David Levi, 29, of Lytham, England, led a six-man
gang that stole nearly 200,000 pounds (US$360,000) from more than 160
people. They sent e-mails to eBay customers, pretending to be from
eBay, asking for bank details.

Other gang members were sentenced to jail terms ranging from six
months to two years.

"This was a coordinated and sophisticated fraud which took place over
a 12-month period which required a determined and calculated
approach," said Judge Phillip Sycamore, presiding in Preston Crown

"A large number of people lost a significant amount of money, and it
is quite apparent that the use of a fraudulent eBay site was quite
sophisticated," Sycamore said.

Levi, who was already serving a sentence for drug offenses, was
sentenced three years for fraud and one year for perverting the course
of justice, to be served consecutively.

His brother Guy Levi, 22, was jailed for 21 months after pleading
guilty to conspiracy to defraud.

Daniel Lett, 22, was sentenced to two years for conspiracy to defraud.

Derek Anderson, 59, Chris Worden, 23, Craig Jameson, 31, and Gareth
Rice, 22, were each jailed for six months on money laundering charges.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.

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