SAN FRANCISCO -- A former Millbrae resident was sentenced in federal court Monday to 18 months in prison for posting fake auto auctions on eBay and collecting $55,600, attorneys said.

Angelo Degenhardt, 57, was convicted in October on 12 counts of wire fraud for posting the fraudulent auctions on eBay, United States Attorney Melinda Haag said. The man reportedly took over his wife's eBay account in September 2012 and posted various vehicles for sale that he did not own.

According to Haag, three eBay users submitted winning bids for two Hummers and a Ferrari, and sent payments totaling $55,600 to Degenhardt's PayPal and Citibank accounts. The man immediately transferred the funds to another bank account, to his wife and children, and to his landlord for rent, depleting the eBay-linked accounts entirely.

Once the buyers realized they'd been had, Haag said, they complained to eBay and PayPal and had their payments wholly refunded. Upon sentencing, Degenhardt was also ordered to pay $55,600 in restitution to compensate for the money PayPal refunded.

Degenhardt's 18-month sentence will be tacked on to a previous two-year sentence he is serving for a probation violation in Utah, Haag said. Upon his release, he will begin another three-year period of supervised release in California.

Contact Erin Ivie at eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/erin_ivie.



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