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Woman sold almost 65,000 of fake goods on eBay
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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