Stu­dent’s shock­ing eBay fraud re­vealed

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

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.

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