WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND — Making some “Easy money” was the motive behind a Trade Me scam that had 11 people lose more than $3,000 when they successfully bid on bogus auctions put on the website by a Picton commercial diver.
Just one of the victums has received their money back from Matthew Munn, who put up photos of items he never intended to sell on the auction website.
At the Blenheim District Court yesterday Munn, 35, a commercial diver, pleaded guilty to 11 charges of accessing a computer system for a dishonest purpose between February 14 and June 7, 2006.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Steve Frost said Munn had two profiles, “kiwisci” and “seenitall” and advertised electrical items including iPods, computers and cellphones.
He said once a buyer had won an auction, Munn emailed them his bank account details in which they deposited money.
Mr Frost said Munn refunded $305 to one person after police action was threatened. In total Munn received $3,555.35, excluding the refund, Mr Frost said.
On July 22, 2009 police spoke to Munn after Trade Me disabled his two profiles.
Mr Frost said Munn told police he started off selling items but later started selling things he did not have. Munn was struggling for cash at the time of the offending and saw it as “easy money”, Mr Frost said.
Judge Richard Russell remanded Munn on bail until sentencing on October 13.