Posted on Wednesday 29 November 2017
A Gateshead man has received a suspended prison sentence and has forfeited £5,500 in cash following a conviction for selling counterfeit goods.
Gary Page of Hendon Road, Deckham, Gateshead pleaded guilty earlier this month to 12 offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 for offering for sale, selling and having, counterfeit goods in his possession.
This follows a raid at Mr Page’s home back in June, where 836 items of fake branded clothing, perfumes and shoes were seized along with £5,500 in cash.
Back in November 2016, Gateshead Trading Standards identified a seller of counterfeit clothes, shoes and perfume who was selling the goods through social media, using an account in the name of ‘Max Summer’. This proved to be a false name and, after extensive enquiries, a test purchase was made and the seller was identified as Mr Page.
In sentencing Mr Page, South Tyneside Magistrates considered that the large amount of counterfeit goods and the large sum of cash seized at the property were aggravating factors.
In mitigation, they found that Mr Page had made full admissions and an early guilty plea. Mr Page was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment for each offence, suspended for 18 months (concurrent sentences). Mr Page also has to do 200 hours of community service and was ordered to pay £550 costs and £115 victim surcharge. The court made an order for forfeiture and destruction of the counterfeit goods seized in the raid.
In a further hearing today (Wednesday 29 November, 2017) at Gateshead Magistrates’ Court, the £5,500 cash that was seized was forfeited under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Councillor Kevin Dodds of Gateshead Council, Chair of Tyne and Wear Trading Standards Joint Committee, said: “Selling counterfeit clothes is not a victimless crime and this was a very large seizure of goods.
“As well as rogue traders undercutting legitimate sellers, selling counterfeit goods of poor quality brings criminality into our local neighbourhoods, which disrupts the community as a whole. The genuine producers of clothing employ thousands of people across the world and these fake goods also have an impact on them and their lives.”