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Local News, News | Jan 02, 2007

NEW JERSEY TARGETS STOLEN GOODS SOLD IN ONLINE AUCTION

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – A lawmaker in New Jersey is taking aim at those who use online auction sites as a way to move stolen goods. Assemblyman Joseph Cryan is calling for tough new penalties for people in the state who use Internet auction sites to sell shoplifted items like baby formula, gift cards, coupons and other items that are popular with retail theft rings. Cryan came out with his legislative proposal after authorities in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas went after criminal enterprises that use the popular Internet auction site eBay. The measure would make it a crime to sell shoplifted items through Internet auction. Such a crime would be punishable by fines of up to ten-thousand dollars for a first offense.