Student’s shocking eBay fraud revealed
A BRISBANE schoolboy’s elaborate frauds were only discovered when $ 2 million accidentally lobbed into one of his fake bank accounts, a court has been told.
Philip Heggie, 19, pleaded guilty t o more t han 100 charges in the Brisbane District Court yesterday.
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 electronics they never received.
Third-party company PayPal was defrauded of $ 39,104, she said. But the IT student’s complex web of fake ac- counts unravelled when, through a mixture of human and computer error, $ 2 million landed into an account in December 2009.
When Heggie tried to withdraw $ 5000 – the maximum allowed withdrawal in one day – a teller called police.
Heggie was sentenced to three years’ jail but will be eligible for parole next Friday.