Serial eBay fraudster jailed for two years

A low-rent recidivist con man who targeted eBay customers was jailed for two years on Tuesday. Phillip Shortman, 20, from Cwmbran near Newport in south Wales, was sent to a young offenders' institution following a conviction for ripping off consumers to the tune of £14,000 and breaching the terms of his probation. Shortman was given an eight-month suspended sentence in January after he was convicted of buying thousands of pounds in stolen fuel cards. He was also found guilty of another £45,000 eBay fraud in 2005, an offence that earned him a year in a detention centre.

This time around the married father-of-two ran bogus auctions for items including 2006 Ryder Cup tickets, a Sony camcorder, and hi-tech mobile phones. He also obtained goods including a £250 laptop and computer parts without payment. Shortman responded to requests for payment for the laptop by sending abusive emails to the seller.

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I find a baseball bat across the knees works well.....but yes the British justice system is a joke.

I think his home should be stripped of all it's assets and sold (of course if they are legally his) at an auction to recoup some of the monies.

I agree, take £45,000 and £14,000 worth of stuff and leave everything else. Sell his wife if you have to!!

ChocIST

Two or twenty years in jail isn't going to get the person the money they lost to such people. There is no justice and he will be back to his old ways when he is out.

I think the best remedy for this problem is to make people do tough physical labor and pay the people back the money they owe. They shoudn't be let out till all the money ripped off is paid back how much ever time that may be. More you defraud more you get to work ! That would be a good deterrent in my opinion. And oh no entertainment whatsoever. Food to eat and work to do end of story. Jail is not meant to be paradise.

Problem with that solution is, that the cost of keeping the schmuck in jail is around £92,000 per year.

I think what we need is a cell, with a bed, a pot to pee in and a cover for the bed.

Food should be porridge for breakfast (everyday), potatoes, cheap cold meat and sprouts for lunch and for tea bread prefably whole-meal.

As much water as you can drink, no smoking allowed, 8 hours per day breaking rocks and only 1 visit per 6 months.

6 prisoners in a cell 10 feet by 12 feet, bunks on each side, wake at 4 a.m. and lights out at 8 p.m.

When you are served a sentence of 2 years you serve 2 years and you get out after 2 years if you have behaved, otherwise you stay in.

I also believe that if prisons are full and we allow migrants to our country as they are part of the european union, then hey lets out-source our prison population to Eastern Europe, like Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Turkey etc.

Be cheaper and these schmos will not want to get knicked again.

Totally agree with that. I am not sure if any country would want criminals from outside. I would say they have to work to support themselves in prison just like anybody outside prison does. Earn your living. No work then no food. Earn your basic needs. I don't think the taxpayer should be paying to support prison inmates.

leesmithg said,
Problem with that solution is, that the cost of keeping the schmuck in jail is around £92,000 per year.

I think what we need is a cell, with a bed, a pot to pee in and a cover for the bed.

Food should be porridge for breakfast (everyday), potatoes, cheap cold meat and sprouts for lunch and for tea bread prefably whole-meal.

As much water as you can drink, no smoking allowed, 8 hours per day breaking rocks and only 1 visit per 6 months.

6 prisoners in a cell 10 feet by 12 feet, bunks on each side, wake at 4 a.m. and lights out at 8 p.m.

When you are served a sentence of 2 years you serve 2 years and you get out after 2 years if you have behaved, otherwise you stay in.

I also believe that if prisons are full and we allow migrants to our country as they are part of the european union, then hey lets out-source our prison population to Eastern Europe, like Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Turkey etc.

Be cheaper and these schmos will not want to get knicked again.

Please, come to my prison with that attitude... I'll make sure you're treated right.

British justice is supposed to be the best in the world.

B.S.

The moron already has served time for £45,000 in 2005 (I would guess he pocketed all the money and paid nothing back), obtained goods by deception (not paying for them) now scams users out of a further £14,000 and gets two years in a b!tch boy institutuion that will give him a choice of 7 meals every meal time, hot and cold running water day and night, free video games, free satellite t.v. (including exclusive access to porno), a soft bed to lay his poor head and can earn money doing jobs in prison, whilst his wife will pick up piles of free money from the tax payer, for rent, local taxes and food.

Furthermore, he will probably serve 7 months of the sentence.

There is no deterrent, thats why crime has risen steadily in the past 10 years.

I think his home should be stripped of all it's assets and sold (of course if they are legally his) at an auction to recoup some of the monies.

When he is released all the people that he defrauded should be invited to the prison to beat the hell out of him.

young offenders' institution?!?

The guy is 20. Thats an adult Add that to the fact he kept repeating his offence, he should be in a normal jail. Bubba wants a piece of him.

Given all the young thugs in Young Offenders Institutes these days, he's likely to get a rougher time in there than he would in an adult jail; but yeah... He really should be in an adult one at 20...

Prison rape isn't funny. Anyone who makes jokes about "bubba" is ignorant and immature. I deal with prison rape every day, and it's effects are devastating. Do you really think rape is a fitting punishment for eBay fraud?

Don't get me wrong- I agree the man should be incarcerated, and NOT in a juvenile facility. But he certainly doesn't deserve to be raped. Grow up.

Alpha Drone said,
Prison rape isn't funny. Anyone who makes jokes about "bubba" is ignorant and immature. I deal with prison rape every day, and it's effects are devastating. Do you really think rape is a fitting punishment for eBay fraud?

Don't get me wrong- I agree the man should be incarcerated, and NOT in a juvenile facility. But he certainly doesn't deserve to be raped. Grow up.

why not?.

Magallanes said,

why not?.

I did patrols while I fought in the war in Chechnya, one day I found this teenager raping a woman who was a supposed supporter of the terrorists, I had to shoot him twice to get him off the woman. Rape is never a good thing even in prison. That poor woman probably still hasn't gotten over being raped and seeing me kill that boy. Sad thing is, I was barely 18 myself when I did it.

Oxuyoska said,

I did patrols while I fought in the war in Chechnya, one day I found this teenager raping a woman who was a supposed supporter of the terrorists, I had to shoot him twice to get him off the woman. Rape is never a good thing even in prison. That poor woman probably still hasn't gotten over being raped and seeing me kill that boy. Sad thing is, I was barely 18 myself when I did it.


Thank you for posting your story. I hope other people see that rape and violence like that isn't just limited to movies. These are things that actually happen, and you can bet that if they happen to you, the experience will affect you for the rest of your life. It's not funny.

I admire your courage and bravery, Oxuyoska, sir.

Oxuyoska said,

I did patrols while I fought in the war in Chechnya, one day I found this teenager raping a woman who was a supposed supporter of the terrorists, I had to shoot him twice to get him off the woman. Rape is never a good thing even in prison. That poor woman probably still hasn't gotten over being raped and seeing me kill that boy. Sad thing is, I was barely 18 myself when I did it.

So you also kill the terrorist supporter?.

Or put in this context, a rape is fairly worst that a murder? or it's a overjury? (like this case).