Sat, Aug. 04, 2007

Criminal Purchase at Auction

CK - Washington.   The Pforzheim criminal trial court ruled on June 26, 2007 in a decision now published at Medien Internet und Recht that the fencing statute applies to inexpensive purchases of new goods on the auction platform eBay.

In the matter 8Cs 84 Js 5040/07, the court determined that the buyer paid €671 for new equipment with a street price of €2,137. The Pforzheim court imputed a state of mind that aqcuiesced in the risk of participating in criminal fencing of illegally acquired goods -- a violation of §259(1) of the German Criminal Code.


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