An internet trader who sold fake designer goods has been sentenced at Teesside Magistrates court.
Alexander Burton Bolton, 33, of Cayton Drive, Billingham received a 12 month Community Order with 60 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay costs of £1,400 plus a £60 victim surcharge after being found guilty of five offences under section 92 of the Trade Marks Act 1994.
The court heard that Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Trading Standards and Licensing Service began an investigation after they were informed by a professional brand investigator that Mr Bolton had sold them a pair of counterfeit GHD branded hair straighteners.
During a search of Mr Bolton’s home and vehicles Trading Standards officers found a small quantity of counterfeit goods including:
- Nike England football shirt
- A pair of Nike trainers
- Lacoste T-Shirts
- Ralph Lauren polo T-shirts
- They also found what appeared to be an order book showing numerous sales over a period of time throughout the Tees Valley.
Further investigation found that despite receiving a written warning in July 2015, Mr Bolton had continued to advertise fake goods on Facebook.
On Monday 17 July the Court made a Forfeiture Order for the goods previously seized to be destroyed.
In mitigation Mr Bolton maintained that he didn’t sell any counterfeit goods and he didn’t deny that the goods were counterfeit.
Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety, said: