A THIRTY SEVEN year old woman from Tenby admitted seven charges of possessing counterfeit goods.
Shelley Webb of Induna, New Hedges, appeared at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court on January 13.
Trading standard officers from Pembrokeshire County Council seized cash and counterfeit goods from Webb’s property on December 13. These items included fake UGG boots, fake SuperDry jacket, fake Ralph Lauren hoody and a fake Hollister Co hoody.
Webb’s possession of these items with a view to gain for herself or another, or with intent to cause loss to another, and without the consent of the proprietor was contrary to section 92(1)(c) and (6) of the Trade Marks Act 1994.
The court was told that a warrant was executed at her home in December, 2013, as a result of information received by Pembrokeshire County Council Trading Standards.
During the search a quantity of counterfeit goods were found and seized as evidence. These appeared to include Superdry hoodies and jackets; Hollister hoodies and Ugg boots.
Money and notebooks detailing the sale of the goods were also seized.
Samples of the goods were then sent to the trademark holders concerned who confirmed that the goods were indeed fake.
In mitigation, Webb’s solicitor, Matthew Greenish, said that his client had been naive and had lost money on the venture.
He added that she now accepted that what she had done was wrong. She had “held her hands up” and been fully cooperative with Trading Standards officers in their investigation.
The chairman of the bench said: “You were naive, and it’s clear that you weren’t out to defraud anyone, however your actions were foolish.”
Speaking after the case on behalf of the Council’s Public Protection Division, the Authority’s Cabinet Member for Environmental and
Regulatory Services, Councillor Huw George, said: “Counterfeiting is sometimes seen as a victimless crime, but the supply of cheap inferior fake goods affects the business of legitimate traders in our County. As well as checking for fake goods at markets and car boot sales, Trading Standards officers now also check online to identify people selling fakes on social media sites. Once identified, action will be taken against them.”
The magistrates issued Webb with a £250 fine; prosecution costs of £1,500, and a victim surcharge of £25.
They also ordered a Forfeiture Order so that the counterfeit goods could be destroyed. Officers from Pembrokeshire County Council had the money in a box at court, which, with the help of a fines officer, was immediately used to pay off the debt