A northwestern Pennsylvania man has pleaded guilty to wire fraud for selling $379,000 worth of rusty or otherwise junked computers and worthless electronics to online customers.
Thirty-one-year-old Jeffrey Kodba, of Erie, pleaded guilty Thursday to selling the run-down equipment to 16 customers worldwide between April 2006 and June 2011.
Federal prosecutors in Erie say Kodba sold the items through websites JSKcomputerservices.com and asset-recovery.com, by claiming he was selling bulk quantities of computer and electronic equipment that had been used by corporate customers.
In reality, Kodba would fill the orders with broken, junked or scrap equipment he bought from other vendors, then would refuse to give refunds or replace the equipment.
Kodba must return for sentencing Aug. 16 before a federal judge in Erie.