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Tallassee woman allegedly used Craigslist, eBay to defraud online shoppers

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A Tallassee woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly defrauding online shoppers.

Tanya Lee English, 42, was arrested on federal charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, A. Clark Morris, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, said. Court documents allege English defrauded individual shoppers and businesses using popular online marketplaces Craigslist and eBay.

English reportedly posted adds on the two websites listing high-end baby strollers such as "Uppababy Vista" and "Bugaboo Donkey" for sale. The prices were listed below retail value. Court documents say English included her contact information and a brief description of the items for sale, but she did not have the strollers.

Court documents indicate buyers purchased the strollers using PayPal accounts created in English's name or created using stolen identities. After buyers purchased the strollers nothing was shipped and there was no further contact with English. According to the indictment, English received between $300 to $725 from her victims and then transferred the funds onto prepaid credit cards, then made ATM withdrawals or purchased other merchandise. 

PayPal refunded the buyers because they were victims of fraudulent transactions. 

English faces up to 20 years in prison for wire fraud and a minimum of 2 years for each count of the aggravated identity theft counts, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 and repayment of the victims, if convicted. 

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