Release date: 7 July 2020
A man who sold fake rock band hoodies and t-shirts has been sentenced after West Sussex Trading Standards seized more than £18,000 worth of goods at his property.
Gary Michael Warren (age 64, Barn Lane, Shripney, Bognor Regis) pleaded guilty at Crawley Magistrates Court and was sentenced on 2 July 2020 to a 12 month community order with 130 hours of unpaid work. Trading Standards were awarded full costs of £5,445. Warren forfeited the items seized and these will now be recycled.
Trading Standards first became aware of Warren in November 2018 when they were contacted by a Trade Mark holder who complained that a website, operated by Warren, was selling counterfeit rock bank t-shirts.
Officers made some test purchases and the items were confirmed to be in breach of the Trade Marks Act.
Warren’s home address was searched and 1,943 hoodies and t-shirts were seized. They had a retail value of more than £18,000.
Richard Sargeant, West Sussex Trading Standards Team Manager, said: “Selling counterfeit goods is a serious crime. As well as deceiving innocent customers it also takes business away from legitimate traders.
“We are determined to put a stop to counterfeit selling in West Sussex.”
Deborah Urquhart, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Residents concerned about the sale of fake, counterfeit products should contact our Trading Standards team. This outcome sends a strong message that we will take action against dishonest traders.”
Anyone who thinks they have been a victim of an unfair trading practice, should contact Trading Standards or Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444.