Originally created 02/03/05

Woman pleads guilty to selling Duff beer online



BRISBANE, Australia - D'oh! A woman has pleaded guilty to selling on eBay three nonexistent cases of Duff brand beer - the favorite of cartoon character Homer Simpson.

Tara Edith Woodford, 28, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three charges of dishonestly gaining money by false pretenses.

Prosecutor Gavin Burnett told the court Woodford was paid a total of $1,511 by three separate buyers after advertising the bogus beer on the auction site.

Buyers paid money into Woodford's bank account, but contacted police when they never received the beer. Woodford was placed on 18 months' probation, and was ordered to reimburse the money and undergo counseling.

Duff is the beer brand of choice for Homer Simpson and his barfly friends in the animated U.S. television series "The Simpsons." Its creators have a policy of refusing to license "The Simpsons" merchandising for products that would be detrimental to children.