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A Manchester man who faked his own death in order to defraud eBay customers of goods to the value of £23,500 has been jailed for two years.
Jason Hart, 33, conned customers on the online auction site when he took money from at least 28 buyers but never fulfilled his legal obligation to deliver the goods.
Instead Hart, from Moorside Avenue in Farnworth, Greater Manchester, phoned a local newspaper claiming to be his father to say his son had died in a house fire in an attempt to put off his customers.
Yesterday Hart pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and perjury at Bolton Crown Court.
Items included in Hart's 'sale' were 20 Xbox consoles, mobile phones, watches, and thousands of pounds paid for tickets to Test matches, the rugby World Cup, Ryder Cup and pop concerts.
Richard Ambrose, head of Trust and Safety for eBay UK, said: "The sentencing of Hart sends out a clear signal to sellers who try to defraud buyers on our site that they won't get away with it."
The court heard that Hart used a series of elaborate excuses and lies when customers rang complaining that they had never received their goods.
Customers were informed that Hart was in Canada and that his mother had died as well as the newspaper hoax.
Mr Justice Everett, sentencing Hart for six months for perjury and 18 months for the eBay fraud, said the defendant had created a "web of deceit".