Fraudulent eBay Listing Earns Millbrae Man 18 Months in Federal Prison

A Millbrae man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Monday for posting fraudulent auctions for vehicles on eBay and taking more than $55,000 in payments for them, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced today.

Angelo Degenhardt, 57, was handed the sentence by U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson in San Francisco and ordered to pay $55,600 in restitution to PayPal, which refunded the payments to his victims, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to a grand jury’s indictment filed last year, Degenhardt used an eBay account formerly controlled by his wife to post listings for two Hummers and a Ferrari.

Degenhardt changed the information on the account to an alias and after receiving payment from his victims, he transferred the funds to accounts controlled by himself, his wife, and his children, and used the money to pay his rent.

After not receiving their vehicles, the three eBay users who paid Degenhardt complained to eBay. PayPal, a subsidiary of eBay that facilitates payments online, refunded their payments.

Degenhardt pleaded guilty to 12 counts of wire fraud in exchange for the 18-month sentence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He is currently serving a two-year sentence imposed by the U.S. District Court in Utah for a violation of his supervised release in another case. The sentence handed down by Henderson will begin after his other sentence is complete.

Henderson also sentenced Degenhardt to an additional three years of supervised release.

Scott Morris, Bay City News

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