North Yorkshire’s trading standards officers are warning people not to be tempted by the idea that they can make money by selling fakes on Facebook or other social media.
The warning follows a recent conviction of a Whitby man, Nicholas Morgan, at York Crown Court for the possession for sale of counterfeit clothing and trainers.
The trading standards investigation began when officers identified Morgan had sold fakes via two Facebook profiles. When they discovered Morgan had a storage unit in Whitby they used entry warrants to obtain a quantity of counterfeit goods including Nike, Adidas, Ralph Lauren and Stone Island, with a value of around £17,000.
The court heard that Morgan had received a previous warning for similar offending.
Morgan was given a 12 month prison sentence which was suspended for two years due to his guilty pleas and personal circumstances. He was also ordered to undertake 120 hours of unpaid work and complete a rehabilitation order.
The court set a further hearing for 27th September 2017 as part of confiscation proceedings against Morgan under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to recover the money he made from the sales.