Woman sold almost 65,000 of fake goods on eBay

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A WOMAN sold almost 65,000 of counterfeit goods to unsuspecting buyers using the auction site eBay.

Sharon Proctor's home in Worcester was raided by Worcestershire Regulatory Services trading standards officers where it was found it was being used to manufacture the goods, which included hooded tops with the JLS logo on and t-shirts with the Children in Need Pudsey Bear on them.

Her eBay records showed that throughout a period of 18 months, the 40-year-old sold 9,592 items with a value of £64,730.

She pleaded guilty to to five counts of breaching the Trade Marks Act 1994 when she appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday, January 31, and was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work.

Magistrates also ordered Proctor to pay £3,000 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

After the hearing Worcestershire Regulatory Services joint committee chairman, councillor Lucy Hodgson, said: “Our Trading Standards officers have shown that illegal activity over the internet will not be tolerated and they have the expertise to track down sellers and bring them before the Courts.

“This is a significant sentence and sends out a serious message to anyone involved in or considering selling counterfeit goods. Our officers will continue to make sure that our residents can make their online purchases in confidence.”

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9:44pm Sat 1 Feb 14

old misery says...

One has to be careful re contempt of court but £65,000 less a fine lees victims surcharge plus 200 hours work (if carried out ) seems to me not a bad 18 months work and they say "Crime does not pay" I appreciate I may be getting senile but looks pretty good to me
One has to be careful re contempt of court but £65,000 less a fine lees victims surcharge plus 200 hours work (if carried out ) seems to me not a bad 18 months work and they say "Crime does not pay" I appreciate I may be getting senile but looks pretty good to me old misery
  • Score: 9

10:12pm Sat 1 Feb 14

truth must out says...

Only charged on 5 counts so 9587 must have been genuine.....!!!! Yeah really!!
Only charged on 5 counts so 9587 must have been genuine.....!!!! Yeah really!! truth must out
  • Score: 6

11:30am Sun 2 Feb 14

CYNIC_AL says...

So she still got to keep the other £60k then? Not a bad turn over that...
So she still got to keep the other £60k then? Not a bad turn over that... CYNIC_AL
  • Score: 5

7:43am Mon 3 Feb 14

Secret agent 46 says...

I'll go pick litter up or paint sum fences for £310 an hour which is wat she's got.... Systems a joke what happend to the proceeds of Crimea act bein enforced
I'll go pick litter up or paint sum fences for £310 an hour which is wat she's got.... Systems a joke what happend to the proceeds of Crimea act bein enforced Secret agent 46
  • Score: 5

11:51am Mon 3 Feb 14

mack18 says...

" significant sentence, serious message", yeh right -crime does appear to pay in this case and this criminal even used Children in Need to line her pockets. Is the taxman aware of her income ,I wonder?
" significant sentence, serious message", yeh right -crime does appear to pay in this case and this criminal even used Children in Need to line her pockets. Is the taxman aware of her income ,I wonder? mack18
  • Score: 1

12:51pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Marant says...

It doesn't say whether the £65k was confiscated as proceeds of a crime. It probably (hopefully) was.
It doesn't say whether the £65k was confiscated as proceeds of a crime. It probably (hopefully) was. Marant
  • Score: 1

9:29pm Mon 3 Feb 14

rod123 says...

Crime doesn't pay????
Crime doesn't pay???? rod123
  • Score: 0

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