EUGENE, Ore. — A 44-year-old Oregon man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for scamming 91 eBay customers out of more than $189,000.

But The Bend Bulletin reports ( ) that before Erik William Johnson spends time behind bars, he’ll be allowed to finish his studies at Central Oregon Community College.

U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken ordered Johnson remain out of custody until September 2018.

Johnson pleaded guilty to money laundering. He launched his eBay scheme over a three-week period in June 2011. Court records show he received nearly $190,000 in payments, but only shipped $5,245 worth of Nikon and Canon cameras to customers.

He used the money to buy a 2006 Hummer H2 sport utility vehicle, a 2006 Volkswagen Beetle and a Breitling Aeromarine Super Avenger watch.

Information from: The Bulletin,

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