A DAMSONWOOD man who made more than £40,000 by selling counterfeit clothes on the internet has been given a suspended sentence.
David Yardley, 27, of Draycote Close, had duped people into buying fake clothing and footwear on the auction site Ebay.
But his enterprise was rumbled by Solihull Council’s trading standards team, who were tipped off that the merchandise might be fake.
Investigations showed that Yardley was advertising various items - including imitations of brands like Nike and Calvin Klein.
In February last year, trading standards officers recovered numerous counterfeit items from Yardley’s address. Some of the clothes found were already packaged and ready to post.
Details from Ebay showed that the defendant had been trading under several different accounts and had sold over 1,000 items in less than 12 months.
Earlier this year, Yardley pleaded guilty to offences under The Trade Marks Act 1994. He reappeared at Warwick Crown Court on Wednesday and was handed a 30 week suspended sentence, a three month curfew order and 200 hours unpaid work.
Coun Diana Holl-Allen, cabinet member for safer communities, said: “I would urge people to be vigilant about the items they purchase, especially on internet auction sites where you can’t always be sure who you are dealing with and you can’t inspect the items that you are buying. I hope this case serves as a reminder to anyone involved in the sale of fake goods that we will take action against this illegal activity.”
If you’re suspicious about a trader or item call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or go to www.consumerdirect.gov.uk.