eBay gang ordered to re-pay their victims

An organised crime gang which was smashed by detectives investigating a burglary in Belperhave been ordered to pay back almost £72,000.

Steven Curran, Gary Gillam and Anthony Young conned more than 100 eBay customers from across the UK as part of a large-scale internet fraud.

The trio were only caught following a raid in Belper in August 2009 when officers spotted the victim’s Royal Crown Derby china for sale on eBay and arrested them at their homes.

The investigation soon turned into a large-scale fraud inquiry after officers discovered false paperwork and bank cards and the gang were jailed for three-and-a-half years each last December.

Now, following a hearing at Derby Crown Court Gary Gillam, 36, of Lansbury Drive, South Normanton, was judged to have benefited to the tune of £69, 591 from the scam, and was ordered to re-pay the money.

More than £15,000 will be used as compensation to pay back his victims.

Steve Young, 36, of Birchwood Lane, South Normanton, is understood to have made £9,236 and he was told to pay back £487. 
Meanwhile, Anthony Curran, 37, of Peel Street, South Normanton was said to have benefited by £700 and was ordered to repay £1.

The trio ran their scam by setting up a fake distribution firm and using the website Gumtree to advertise vacancies.

When people submitted their CVs to apply for the jobs, the men used the personal details of 11 of them to set up bank accounts.

They created another 19 fake identities to perpetrate their scam.

The men used the identities to open eBay accounts and sell stolen goods on the site. They later started selling fictitious items on the internet auction site, encouraging customers to pay with a banker’s draft.

One victim, a 60-year-old man from Duffield, had his passport stolen during a burglary.

The gang used his personal details to open a business account.

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Detectives have revealed how they smashed an organised crime gang which conned more than 100 eBay customers while investigating a burglary in Belper.

Following a raid in August 2009, officers spotted the victim’s Royal Crown Derby china for sale on the internet auction site and arrested three men.

The investigation soon turned into a large-scale fraud inquiry after officers discovered false paperwork and bank cards at their homes.

It was found the trio got hold of personal details by setting-up a fake distribution firm and using the website Gumtree to get people to submit their CVs,

They had then used the fake identities to open eBay accounts and sell stolen goods on the site, encouraging customers to pay with a banker’s draft.

Between 2007 and 2009, the gang netted more than £100,000. One victim, a 60-year-old man from Duffield, had his passport stolen during a burglary. The gang used his personal details to open a business account.

Three South Normanton fraudsters who duped more than 100 eBay customers out of money have been ordered to pay back almost £72,000.

Steven Curran, Gary Gillam and Anthony Young were jailed for three-and-a-half years each last December after admitting to their parts in a large-scale fraud.

The gang set up a fake distribution firm and used the website Gumtree to advertise vacancies. When people submitted their CVs to apply for the jobs, the men used the personal details of 11 of them to set up bank accounts. They created another 19 fake identities to perpetrate their scam.

The men used the identities to open eBay accounts and sell stolen goods on the site. They then started selling fictitious items on the internet auction site, encouraging customers to pay with a banker’s draft. More than 100 eBay customers from across the UK were conned in this way. Officers believe there could be more victims who did not report the crime. The investigation revealed that £79,527 had been paid into thebank accounts during the conspiracy.

At the latest hearing at Derby Crown Court under the Proceeds of Crime Act on May 10, it was determined that Gillam, 36, of Lansbury Drive, South Normanton, had benefited from the scam to the tune of £69, 591. He was ordered to pay this in confiscation, from which £15,325 will be used as compensation to pay back his victims. He has six months to pay, but if he fails to do so, can be jailed for a further 18 months.

Young, 36, of Birchwood Lane, South Normanton, is understood to have made £9,236 and he was told to pay back £487. He was given 28 days to make the payment and will face an extra 14 days in prison if he fails to do this. Curran, 37, of Peel Street, South Normanton, was dealt with at a separate hearing on March 22. He was said to have benefited by £700 and was ordered to repay £1.