An internet trader who sold fake designer goods was today sentenced at Teesside Magistrates court.
56 year old Anne Le Bron of Thornwood Avenue, Ingleby Barwick was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay costs of £5135.60 plus a £350 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to six offences under section 92 of the Trade Marks Act 1994.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Trading Standards and Licensing Service began an investigation in March 2013 after they became aware Mrs Le Bron was the seller of a MAC makeup product identified as being counterfeit in a test purchase operation.
During a search of her home the eBay seller was found to have a large amount of make-up, jewellery and watches – more than 700 of these items were counterfeit.
In mitigation Mrs Le Bron said she did not mean to deceive the public. She had bought the goods as a ‘job lot’ for a previous business which had failed so she had decided to set up the online shop. She had cooperated fully with the Council’s Trading Standards Service.
Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety, said: “Making or selling fake goods is against the law so if an item carries a well-known brand, it should be the genuine article. Our trading standards service is here to make sure that people get what they pay for.
“Consumers should think carefully before they purchase designer goods online and if the prices seem too good to be true they probably are. Anyone who believes they have been sold counterfeit merchandise should contact our trading standards team for advice.”
If you require assistance relating to counterfeit goods, call Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Trading Standards Team on 01642 526560.