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CE Retailer CEO Jailed, Federal Court Judge Hits Out

The former operator of online electronics stores Electronic Bazaar and Dream Kart has been sentenced to three months imprisonment for failing to comply with court orders made against him, following an action by the ACCC.

A court ordered Mr Chopra to serve one month of the sentence immediately with the remainder suspended on condition that for a period of five years he cease making false or misleading representations online about consumers’ refund and warranty rights, wrongly accepting payment for goods by failing to supply those goods within the specified time and being knowingly involved in such conduct by any other person.

The sentencing comes following the ACCC’s prior move to commence contempt of court proceedings against Electronic Bazaar and Dream Kart CEO Dhruv Chopra, alleging that Chopra breached the previous set of orders by again made false or misleading representations about the availability of refunds and the extent of his business’ liability for faulty goods.

In his judgment Justice O’Callaghan said, “I have no doubt that the contempts [Mr Chopra] committed… are criminal in nature. They involved an attitude of defiance, a deliberate and contumacious determination to defy the Court and a direct intention to disobey the Court’s order.”