The Fulton County Sheriff's Department charged Heather L. Tharp, 27, of Salem with computer fraud Nov. 27.
The charges against Tharp are based upon an April 3 eBay transaction with John Regehr of Olmstead County, Minnesota, according to authorities.
Regehr said his company in Tucson, Ariz., purchased QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions 6.0 software from Tharp with a winning bid of $1,101. Regehr said the eBay purchase was made using his PayPal account, which immediately makes the transaction at the time a purchase is made.
After enough time to receive a shipment had passed and he did not receive the computer software, Regehr said, he contacted Tharp numerous times, requesting that she either send him the merchandise or refund his payment.
After his attempts failed, Regehr said he contacted the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and spoke with Chief Deputy Terry Walker regarding the matter. Walker then contacted Tharp and told her to send the software or reimburse the money.
At this time Tharp said she was having trouble with her software supplier and would have trouble refunding Regehr's money, according to authorities.
But, after Walker spoke with Tharp, she contacted Regehr once to make arrangements for reimbursement.
However, six months after the purchase and unsuccessful attempts to make arrangements for payment, Tharp has failed to reimburse Regehr, according to his formal complaint filed Oct. 25 with the Fulton County Sheriff's Office.
The sheriff's office filed formal charges against Tharp Nov. 22.