LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today that defendant Martin Eugene Haber has entered a guilty plea to more than $400,000 in mail and wire fraud.
Haber, 58, a former attorney, was the owner and operator of South Dixie Rare Coins, located in Miami. Haber sold collectibles and rare coins through eBay, an Internet auction site. At sentencing, Haber faces a statutory maximum of twenty (20) years for each of the six (6) counts of wire fraud and one (1) count of mail fraud, fines of up to $250,000, and can be ordered to make full restitution to the victims. Sentencing is scheduled for August 22, 2006, before U.S. District Court Judge Donald L. Graham.
This investigation began after the Internet Fraud Complaint Center received more than 50 complaints from buyers who did not receive the merchandise they purchased on eBay from Haber. An additional 50 complaints were reported by unsatisfied buyers with the Consumer Sentinel and local police departments. Over all, more than 188 complaints were made for merchandise purchased between May, 2001, to January, 2005, representing a loss of more than $400,000. Despite two arrests by local law enforcement for these same activities, Haber continued to sell items on the Internet using a variety of names, including those of his family and friends.
The FBI investigation revealed that Haber used eBay accounts belonging to friends, family members, and business associates to sell coins on the Internet. Haber often assumed the identity of an actual eBay account holder to hide his true identity from the potential buyers. Many of the eBay accounts Haber used were suspended due to buyer complaints. Haber continued to sell coins on the Internet until search warrants were executed at his home and place of business.
The evidence linked complaints against Haber with the following eBay accounts: coins and currency, registered to Martin Haber and Tillie T. Arenson Haber , 8610 SW 64th Avenue, Miami, Florida, e-mail address [email protected]; hgh-for-collectors, registered to Heather G. Haber (Martin Haber’s daughter), 211 1st Avenue #3, New York, New York, e-mail address [email protected]; southdix, registered to Leslie B. Lundstrom, 12265 South Dixie Highway,
Garcia, 7701 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida, e-mail address [email protected]; greeneagle47, registered to Diana M. Harper, 19751 Sterling Drive, Cutler Ridge, Florida, e-mail address [email protected]; keybrickell, registered to Christopher Di Pietro, 801 Brickell Key Boulevard #2611, Miami, Florida, e-mail address [email protected]; naskamom2004, registered to Toni Arenson (an alias for Tillie T. Arenson Haber), 14115 South Dixie Highway #L, Miami, Florida, e-mail address [email protected]; and otcollectibles, registered to Sebastien Taggart, 5651 SW 76th Street #4, Miami, Florida, e-mail address [email protected]
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Wilfredo Fernandez.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on .