With all the news from Oversee.net this week regarding the SnapNames bidding Scandal, It’s still is unclear whether Oversee has or will ever press criminal charges against Nelson Brady for his participation in the shill bidding scheme.
It seems the domain community thinks that Oversee is the only party that can ask for criminal charge to be brought, however, in my opinion, Oversee is not the only party that can ask for criminal charges to be brought.
Isn’t anyone who participated in an auction in which Halvarez bid to simply drive up the price of the auction, in a position to file a complaint with local and possibly federal authorities?
Isn’t anyone who participated in an auction in which there was shill bidding a victim of fraud?
I think so.
I think any bidder who wound up paying more than they should have due to Halvarez’s shill bidding has standing to ask for criminal charges to be brought.
Unlike a civil complain where you can just file a suit and get your day in court, victims of a criminal action can only file a complain with law enforcement and hope that law enforcement brings the charges.
However if a lot of complaints are received it would be hard for law enforcement to simply ignore all of them.
With 50,000 auctions at issue there are sure plenty of people who were effected by the shill bidding.
Snapnames.com offices are located in Portland Oregon.
If Halvarez is to face criminal charges it maybe up to domainers to make it happen.