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Conman ordered to repay £500,000 after selling fake dvds on ebay

A conman who sold pirated versions of Disney’s Little Mermaid and Mrs Brown’s Boys imported from China on websites such as eBay and Play has been ordered to repay almost £500,000.

Trevor Pegg was jailed for three years in January after being convicted on 13 counts - including importing and supplying counterfeit DVDs, running a fraudulent business and money laundering, the previous month.

A court heard that Pegg had benefitted to the tune of £593,000 from his criminal activity, His Honour Judge Robert Fraser issued a confiscation order demanding he pays back £495,000 within six months or face an extra three-and-a-half years in prison.

Of that sum, Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards is set to receive £185,000, which will be reinvested in protecting consumers. The rest will go to the Home Office.

“Pegg thought he could hide behind his computer selling knock-off copies of children’s shows, poor quality versions of comedies and pirated police dramas, now he’s going to pay for those crimes. He made hundreds of thousands of pounds illegally, damaging reputable businesses and avoiding paying tax in the process, and I’m pleased that Pegg has been severely punished for lining his pockets at the expense of unsuspecting shoppers and firms that are working hard to provide customers with a good service.”

– Steve Ruddy, Head of Service for Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards

“Unfortunately, counterfeit goods are still available on the internet and this case highlights how scammers try to dupe unsuspecting internet shoppers out of their hard-earned cash.”

– Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Community Services Helyn Clack