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Defendant offered various items for sale via the internet site craigslist.com. Defendant offered for sale PS3 game systems and games, Boost Mobile phones, and phone cards. At the time Defendant offered these items for sale, he did not have the items in his possession. Defendant committed unfair and deceptive acts and practices in violation of the CSPA by: 1) accepting substantial payments from consumers for goods, promising a delivery date, and failing to deliver the promised goods or to make a full refund of the monies paid, 2) representing that the items for sale were available to consumers for a reason that does not exist, 3) representing that a specific price advantage exists when such is not the case, 4) selling consumer goods and services without taking reasonable steps to acquire the goods or services, and 5) advertising and selling goods without having ownership or possession of the goods and failing to disclose that the goods are not in Defendant's possession. Defendant committed unconscionable acts and practices in violation of the CSPA by entering into consumer transactions while knowing of the inability of the consumers to receive a substantial benefit from the subject of the consumer transaction. Defendant ordered to pay $6,901.50 in consumer restitution and $150,000 in civil penalties.
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