Fake memory card criminals jailed for biggest ever eBay fraud15 December 2009 17:00:16
A man and his accomplices, who sold millions of pounds worth of fake goods, including memory cards, have been jailed.
Four men were found guilty of the charge of conspiracy to sell counterfeit goods at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
Three other men, including the gang's leader Gary Bellchambers, 45, of Rainham, Essex, had already pleaded guilty.
Memory cards and other merchandise such as golf clubs were sold by the men between June 2003 and March 2008. Officers identified 96,000 transactions during this period that had funded a millionaire's lifestyle for Mr Bellchambers.
The case represents the biggest incident of fraud in eBay's history.
Prosecutor Adam Davis said: "This is a conspiracy of a truly global nature. Conspirators are thought to have been based in the UK, Thailand, Australia, Germany, Singapore, USA, Hong Kong and China and goods have been distributed from, or to, all of those countries and more."
Mr Bellchambers was revealed to have lived a double life while conducting the fraud. In England, he lived in a former council house and drove an old Ford Escort, the Mail reported.
But secretly he owned a string of properties abroad, had shares in a 1.5m yacht and owned a restaurant in Australia.
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