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O’FALLON MAN SENTENCED FOR INTERNET FRAUD IN CONNECTION WITH THE PURCHASE OF 2006 CARDINAL PLAYOFF TICKETS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2011

Timothy P. Kebel, 34, of O’Fallon, Ill.- was sentenced today to two years in federal prison,
ordered to pay restitution of $26,259.02, and to serve three years of supervised release after his release
from prison, as a result of convictions for wire and mail fraud the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today.

Kebel was sentenced for accessing the eBay.com website to bid on online auctions in which
2006 St. Louis Cardinal NLCS and World Series tickets were offered for sale. When Kebel won an
auction for game tickets, he would complete a form of payment so that the seller would ship or otherwise
deliver the tickets to him. After winning the auction and receiving the tickets, Kebel would dispute the
charges with his credit card company by falsely alleging that he did not receive the tickets that were
purchased and received. The scheme allowed Kebel to obtain tickets that were valued in excess of
$100,000.00, at no cost to him, through fraud, and then resell the tickets for financial gain. Kebel
participated in 131 internet auctions through the eBay.com website, using alias names and utilizing 46
different email addresses.

The sentence imposed today was in addition to a 27 month sentence Kebel served for similar
conduct in a prior federal fraud prosecution occurring in 2006.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Postal Inspection Service. The case was
prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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