Man banned from selling on the Internet; Tiffany among his victims

A San Diego area businessman has been prohibited from buying and selling goods online for failing to deliver products to buyers on the Internet auction site eBay, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Joseph Dudley Randall, 50, who did business as MyWatchStore, was also placed on three years’ probation Tuesday, ordered to pay $25,451 in restitution to his victims, and complete 45 days of public work service, the newspaper reports. If he violates probation, he could spend up to a year in jail.

Randall of Spring Valley Calif., a suburb southeast of San Diego, pleaded no contest Tuesday to a pair of misdemeanor charges before San Diego Superior Court Commissioner Robert C. Rice, the newspaper reports.

Local authorities reportedly tracked him down after receiving information about a number of complaints reported to the Internet Fraud Complaint Center. The San Diego City Attorney’s Office filed charges against Randall in October 2004.

Prosecutor Joan McNamara reportedly said state law requires sellers on the Internet to deliver goods to customers within 30 days or provide refunds. She reportedly said Randall defrauded several customers, including Tiffany & Co., which bid on a 1940s sterling silver charm bracelet that turned out to be inexpensive costume jewelry.

Other victims thought they were buying expensive wrist watches and gold coins, but received broken watches and Kennedy half-dollar coins.

Randall paid all the restitution Tuesday, McNamara reportedly said.