Canterbury counterfeiters imprisoned for 16 months each


Canterbury counterfeiters imprisoned for 16 months each

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Counterfeiters based in south-east England have been jailed for nearly three years combined after they were found selling fake perfume and clothing on a retail website.

Patrick Morris, 65, and James Cumming, 42, were both found guilty of selling trademark infringing goods on the website They were both sentenced to 16 months in prison at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday (January 21).

They were estimated to have earned £120,000 ($180,000) from sales of counterfeit products since setting up the website in 2011.

In November 2012, officials from Trading Standards seized 500 products from their home in Canterbury worth an estimated £12,000.

Mark Rolfe, manager of Trading Standards, said: “All the goods seized were confirmed by the trademark holders as being counterfeit.

“The scale of offending was such that the gross profit from the business amounted to over £120,000, with in excess of 5,000 consumers buying from the website.

“Those who deal in counterfeit goods can expect to be prosecuted and can face prison sentences,” he added.

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