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Man jailed in computer scam

on November 27, 2013 10:55 AM

ERIE (AP) — A northwestern Pennsylvania man has been sentenced to 2ᄑ years in federal prison for selling more than $400,000 worth of rusty or otherwise junked computers and worthless electronics to online customers.

Jeffrey Kodba, 32, of Erie, was sentenced Monday based on his April wire fraud guilty plea for selling the run-down equipment to customers worldwide between April 2006 and June 2011.

Federal prosecutors in Erie say Kodba sold the items through websites and, by claiming he was selling bulk quantities of computer and electronic equipment that had been used by corporate customers.

In reality, Kodba filled the orders with broken, junked or scrap equipment he bought from other vendors, then refused to give refunds or replace the equipment.

He must also pay $422,000 in restitution to 16 victims.

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