Six and a half years ago, this nice man with a mustache did the tamest thing a person can do on Craigslist… he sold a printer. But as the Indy Star reported, that minor decision would turn out to be the biggest mistake of his life.
Unfortunately, he sold the printer to Indiana's infamous pro se litigant, Ukranian immigrant Gersh Zavodnik. ("Pro se litigant" means he represents himself in court. You're welcome.)
Zavodnik moved here under political asylum, and then proceeded to make it really understandable why Ukraine didn't want him. Let's start with how this guy turned a $40 printer sale into a $30K payout through a frivolous lawsuit.
It happened like this: Costello, then 65, did a straightforward sale on Craigslist in 2009. The sale was $40 for the printer, plus a little more to ship—the total was less than $75. Because this was the sale of a printer and not anything of real value, that should have been the end of it. It wasn't.