A US man who defrauded internet auction shoppers out of more than $100,000 has been sentenced to 12 years in jail.
Thomas Houser defrauded more than 268 eBay and Yahoo shoppers, and has been given what US prosecutors believe to be the stiffest penalty yet for such an offence.
Houser offered electronics, watches, paintball guns and other goods on both websites through the 'Houser Family Store'.
But the items did not exist and Houser, who operated out of motel rooms, moved around to avoid capture. He was finally collared in Georgia, according to USAToday.
Authorities seized nearly $50,000 in cash and a 1993 Nissan sports car worth about $6,000. The money will be used to compensate his victims.
Houser already had a lengthy criminal record for similar offences.
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