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eBay conman Phillip Shortman jailed for two years

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Media captionPhillip Shortman has 17 previous convictions for 77 offences

A prolific eBay conman who once used his five-year-old son's details to sell a bogus phone has been jailed for two years.

Phillip Shortman, 27, from Abersychan, Pontypool, had previously admitted 10 counts of fraud at Newport Crown Court.

He was caught after failing to deliver a car part to a police officer who ordered it from him online.

Sentencing him, Judge John Jenkins QC said he was a "inveterate fraudster who simply will not stop".

Shortman must also pay £2,065 compensation to his 10 victims and £100 costs.

The court heard he had 17 previous convictions for 77 offences, many related to the online market place.

The judge said eight of his most recent offences - committed on eBay and a car parts website between May and December 2013 - were done while on bail and on licence.

He added: "Terms of imprisonment have not deterred you, you have continued to act with deceit and manipulation."

Fraud officers

On Wednesday, Shortman admitted using his five-year-old son's details to sell a bogus Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone.

He arranged for £480 to be transferred into his wife's account, but failed to deliver the phone.

He then attempted the same con again, being paid £440 for the same phone.

The court was told he then "attached" himself to a website selling Suzuki Jeep parts, calling himself Yuppy Bear.

The Essex police officer who failed to receive the parts he ordered from Shortman helped fraud officers in Cardiff arrest him.

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