Posted By: Radoomek (Hunting luck ...) on 'Humor'
Title:     If you are on the run, don't drive with broken windscreen
Date:      Fri Jan 17 15:13:56 2003

Another crim has also been hoisted by the petard of his own stupidity
this week (although he's not quite in Casling's league). A man called
Kenneth Fetterman was pulled over by police in Wichita in the US
recently for driving with a broken windscreen. Nothing too heinous
there, but the officers were probably mighty chuffed when Fetterman
turned out to be driving without a licence - and with some marijuana
on him. And imagine their unfettered glee (if you'll pardon the pun)
when it turned out that our man had been on the run for two years
after perpetrating a six-figure fraud on eBay. 

In March 2001, Fetterman and two other crooks were discovered using a
variety of user IDs to place fake bids on eBay and drive up the prices
of auctions between November 1998 and June 2000. Prosecutors said the
trio induced an eBay user to bid nearly $135,000 for a fake Richard
Diebenkorn painting after posting over 50 fraudulent offers for it. 

Fetterman legged it after reading a story about the charges against
him in a local paper, and has been lying low ever since. But now the
long arm of the law has got him by the short and curlies he's facing
four counts of wire fraud, six counts of mail fraud and six counts of
money laundering. Each wire and mail fraud carries penalties of up to
five years in prison and fines of $250,000. The money laundering could
cost him up to 20 years in stir and $500,000. And all because of a
broken windscreen. Silly boy. 
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