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March 4, 2010

eBay golf scammer is put away

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by Darren Allan

The leader of a global ring of conmen who sold fake golf equipment on eBay worldwide has been sent to the alternative nineteenth hole.

Not the clubhouse, but the jailhouse, where Gary Bellchambers will serve out a four year sentence for the scam, which is said to have been the biggest one uncovered in the history of eBay.

Fake golfing accessories and clubs were produced mostly in China, and then sold off as leading brands which commanded a premium price.

Bellchambers and his associates reportedly conned some $3 million out of punters over a five year period.

The global fraud operation also involved other merchandise such as fake clothes. Presumably designer plus-fours, we’d hazard a guess.

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