Ohio man charged with theft in Ebay sale

BY ROBERT L. BAKER

A 28-year-old Fairfield, Ohio, man has been charged with unlawful use of a computer, after allegedly reneging on the sale of a car through Ebay to a Forest City man.

Brian J. Gossett was arraigned Tuesday morning for an incident that happened in June 2008, when a male purchased a vehicle for $8,500 using the popular Internet site.

Gossett appeared before Magisterial District Judge Suzanne Brainard in Clifford and was also charged with criminal use of a communication facility and theft by unlawful taking.

His charges have been bound over to the Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas where he will now face a formal arraignment on April 12.

According to a police criminal complaint, the victim alleges he made a $250 deposit through a PayPal online service, and then followed up with a check for $8,250 that was drafted on the victim’s Honesdale National Bank account.

State police Cpl. Derek Fozard confirmed that Gossett’s bank records showed that a deposit of $8,250 was indeed made to Gossett’s account on June 6 and a withdrawl in the same amount was also made on August 12, 2008.

It is alleged that after three months of conversations between the victim and Gossett, it became apparent that the vehicle was not going to be delivered.

The victim then sought a refund and contacted Gossett by cell phone and e-mail.

It is alleged that Gossett stopped reponding to the victim’s e-mail and phone calls, and that is when the victim sought help from the state police.

Unsecured bail was set at $10,000.