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Indictment: Oregon inmate made $180K in eBay camera selling scheme

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EUGENE, OR (KPTV/AP) -

An Oregon man has been accused of using eBay to sell high-end cameras that did not exist.

Court documents filed Wednesday in Eugene show Erik Johnson has been indicted on federal charges of wire fraud and money laundering.

The indictment states Johnson defrauded scores of customers in Oregon and other states in 2011. It says he received more than $180,000 in payments while filling less than 5 percent of the orders made through eBay, using the screen name "laxtonyc."

The indictment shows some of Johnson's communication with customers. In one message, investigators said he wrote, "Thank you for your business. However, we do not offer expedited shipping. We are working hard to get your item to you as fast as possible. Per the listing, please allow 20 days for shipping after a cleared payment, however most items ship faster. Once your item is processed and shipped we will forward you the tracking information. Thank you." 

A different customer, after not receiving a reply from Johnson, wrote, "If I don't receive an answer and a camera body from you, may you receive your just reward someday," according to the indictment. 

Prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of a Hummer and an expensive watch from Johnson in connection to this case.

Johnson, previously of La Pine, is an inmate at the Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras. His initial court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 8 in Eugene.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation contributed to this report. 

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