My question involves criminal law for the state of: Ohio
I purchased 3 cell phones off of craigslist. When meeting to buy the phones, I called Verizon to check the phone's esn numbers to make sure they were clear to be activated/not lost or stolen. The three phones checked out okay and Verizon told me it was okay to puchase. I bought the phones for 300 each. I listed the phones on ebay and sold them for 485 a peice. About a week and a half later I received messages from the people I sent the phones to, that Ohio police were contacting them about stolen phones. I said, this couldn't be since I checked them out myself. I finally got the officers number who contacted the buyers and called him. He says that a Verizon employee stole 7 phones from the store. This explains to me, that he was able to deactivate them so they were okay to sell. The verizon store found out later and found out who was using those phones. The buyers are being asked to send the phones back to the policestation as evidence. The 7 phones are valued at (4500) that he stole. I will be refunding the money via paypal when the buyers return the phones. Am I in the wrong at all here? It just seems that I am going to be out the 900 that I paid for the three phones.