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Default Bank error reveals student's eBay fraud

A Brisbane schoolboy's elaborate frauds were only discovered when $2 million accidentally lobbed into one of his ⊗⊗⊗⊗ bank accounts, a court has been told.

Philip Heggie, 19, pleaded guilty to more than 100 charges in the Brisbane District Court on Tuesday.

From December 2008 to December 2009, the then Year 12 student at St Laurence's College used 119 Suncorp bank accounts in different names to defraud users of the auction website eBay.

Crown prosecutor Patrina Clohessy said 99 customers had paid Heggie for mobile phones and electronics they never received.

Third-party company PayPal was defrauded of $39,104 due to his deceit, she said.

But the IT student's complex web of ⊗⊗⊗⊗ accounts unravelled when, through a mixture of human and computer error, $2 million landed into one of the accounts in December 2009.

When Heggie tried to withdraw $5000 of the windfall - the maximum allowed withdrawal in one day - a teller became suspicious and called police.

A police search netted ⊗⊗⊗⊗ IDs and the signature block of a justice of the peace used to forge documents, among other items.

Besides charges of fraud and attempted fraud relating to the eBay scam and attempts to access the $2 million, the court heard more than 90 charges of breaching bail.

One of Heggie's bail conditions was that he didn't access the internet, but he went online 91 times and even opened a false bank account and PayPal account in February 2010.

Ms Clohessy described his offending as "persistent, systematic and reasonably sophisticated".

Defence lawyer Ruth O'Gorman said Heggie had been bullied as a child and continued to be bullied during the 356 days he had spent in custody.

He had started trading legitimately on eBay but began opening ⊗⊗⊗⊗ accounts when he racked up debts, and his real account was frozen.

In relation to the $2 million that appeared in one of them, Ms O'Gorman reminded the court her client was only a "young boy" who figured "all of his Christmases had come at once".

Heggie had been suffering a depressive illness at the time of the eBay swindle, and was self-medicating with drugs he had bought online, she said.

Judge Kerry O'Brien said the elaborate eBay scam was the most concerning offence.

But Heggie had also been accepted to study business at university and had the offer of part-time work.

"Yours is not only an unusual case but a difficult one, because this sort of offending must be regarded seriously," he said.

"On the other hand, you're still a very young man and you do have prospects for rehabilitation."

Heggie was sentenced to three years' jail but will be eligible for parole next Friday
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thats what happens when you are honest and doing business legit on ebay/paypal.. they suspend u.. and seeing thats the only source of income most of us have then we are left with one choice to do business stealthily... i'm only sorry he got caught..wondered what he was selling to make $2 mil
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As i read it, the 2 million was a bank error, not earned.
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As i read it, the 2 million was a bank error, not earned.
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he defrauded customers, he didnt need to do that - so he deserves what he gets in jail-time, I wonder if he is also being charged with issues surrounding how he made falsebank names and docs etc?.. justice of the peace stamp ahahaha
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I wonder if there any members on here with a similar name hehe. Can't believe he opened a false bank account on bail, what a douche, he doesn't deserve any pity.
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sasasa i thin there are.. someone mentioned it in a pm yesterday i asked how he did it.. still awaiting response.. thats something i willnot attempt to do; unless if its to save my child's life... surely that is too risky
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I wonder if he was making stealth paypals in prison with his smuggled iphone hehe
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Ha what a tale - wonder if he was on this forum...
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dang....................... that kid made more than all of us hahahaha.
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Ha naw he made nothing - won't get to touch the 2 mil - got time in the slammer - bad reputation - name in news - yeah not what's it's worth for sure.
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He didnt steal from people, it was paypal and eBay ....No?
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I wonder if he bought the Stealth Book.....lol J/k
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the big diff is that he made fraudulent bank accts he forged signatures on and actually used them, this is wayyy diff then wht anyone here would and has done.

also he collected $$$ and never sent the items. big diff

i would think most of us if not all sell a physical product and send it the customer.are

we are stealth because ebay / pp has made us this way!!
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I will use stealth with ebay and paypal but not the banks.

Imagine 2 mil landing in one of your bank accounts but their is nothing you could do becuase eventually they would find out and retrieve it.
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