Small Town Boy did read at least some of the linked article, how else could he know that there was mention “that one person made lots of bids”.
Because IPJ eventually quoted the relevant passage in this thread. I did however skim-read it last night, trying to skip over the line after line of angry diatribe and find the actual meat of the story, of which there turned out to be very little. I may have missed it, but I didn't even see any mention of you reporting it to eBay or what their response was.
I can only really repeat what I said above: bidding early leaves you vulnerable under any circumstances. Bidding $200 on an item at $49 with three days of the auction left leaves you wide open not only to shill bidders but – vastly more frequently – newbies, simpletons and jokers, all of whom bid predominately for fun. Bid in the dying seconds and you don't have to worry about this. I'm not saying that shill bidding isn't a problem, but there are thousands of different scams on eBay and it's up to buyers to exercise their own judgement.
At the end of the day, what do you actually expect eBay to do about it? Block the user's account? What exactly will that achieve when they can immediately register a new one? If you want criminal proceedings, then print out the relevant pages and take them to the police station yourself, rather than getting angry at home and spamming God-knows how many different forums with your diatribe.