Shoe Thief Avoids Jail For Ebay FraudTuesday, 7th October 2014 at 3:50pm
A shoe shop warehouseman who made more than £19,000 by stealing and selling his employer’s stock on ebay has kept his freedom, according to Teesside’s Gazette Live.
Cash-strapped Kevin Smith, 33, resorted to taking shoes from footwear firm Charles Clinkard and flogging them on the auction website to feed his family, a court heard.
His illegal cottage industry was discovered in an investigation into significant stock losses in June.
He made a £11,554 profit in the preceding six months, by stealing shoes from the warehouse and using company photos to advertise them for sale on ebay.
In total, he made more than £19,000 from the online sales.
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