Doncaster mum spared jail after ripping off eBay sellers

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

Online auction sellers were ripped off by a hard-up Doncaster mum, a court heard.

Fraudster Amandeep Thiara, aged 27, effectively got items for free on website eBay over a 12-month period.

She bought a Winnie the Pooh rug, wall lights, a crystal vase and bowl, a Denby plate and a DVD of the Texas Chain Saw Massacre using Paypal.

But when the items were delivered she pretended they had gone missing in the post – and Royal Mail ended up having to compensate the victims.

Thiara, of Everingham Road, Cantley, was arrested after the Royal Mail launched an inquiry which cost more than £5,600.

Julian Gill, prosecuting, said Thiara would send emails in false names to the sellers saying she had not received the goods after paying for them.

Royal Mail stepped in when the sellers began complaining – and investigations found the DVD had been delivered.

When a search was made by police last August they found the other items.

Thiara said the goods had arrived after she had got her refunds. “Her stories were frankly unbelievable,” said Mr Gill.

The single mum, who has a 23-month-old child, admitted five offences of theft and two of fraud by false representation.

She had previously been given a 12-month jail term suspended for two years, in August 2008, for theft.

Robert Sandford, defending, said Thiara was on income support and child benefit and the total amount of the items stolen was only £76.

“It was financial difficulties which led her to this offending,” he told Sheffield Crown Court.

Thiara was given a four-month jail term suspended for two years, 100 hours of unpaid work, a year-long supervision order and 18 days of a specified activity.

She was also ordered to pay £154 compensation to the Royal Mail and £500 towards its costs.