Fake DVDs land trader in court
A BUSINESSMAN is today paying a £6,000 bill for selling and handling a range of counterfeit goods.Dale Guiler, 42, of Monmouth Close, Ipswich, pocketed around £1,400 from the sales of fake DVDs and clothing before police arrested him on July 3 last year.
A BUSINESSMAN is today paying a £6,000 bill for selling and handling a range of counterfeit goods.
Dale Guiler, 42, of Monmouth Close, Ipswich, pocketed around £1,400 from the sales of fake DVDs and clothing before police arrested him on July 3 last year.
He admitted 31 offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994.
South East Suffolk Magistrates Court heard how trading standards officers approached Mr Guiler on a routine visit to a car boot sale in Grundisburgh and purchased DVDs thought to be counterfeit.
The Federation Against Copyright Theft later found them to have been tampered with to remove any piracy devices.
A day later, the defendant sold officers another two DVDs from the back of his car, which was full of counterfeit goods.
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Police searched his home and business and found 40 pornography DVDs intended for sale. The court heard Mr Guiler also had boxes of fake Burberry and Nike clothing stashed in his garage.
Magistrates heard Mr Guiler visited Thailand and imported T-shirts and watches. He bought the T-shirts for 50 pence and sold them in this country for £6 each.
If he had sold all the illegal goods in his possession, Mr Guiler would have made nearly £4,000.
Mr Guiler was ordered to pay a £3,500 fine and £2,664 costs. He agreed to pay the sum within seven days.
After the case, Peter Monk, portfolio holder for public protection, said: "It is always pleasing when counterfeiters are brought to justice. These people are making a living out of selling sub standards goods to the unsuspecting public.
"Not only are consumers getting poor quality goods but legitimate businesses in Suffolk are also loosing large amounts of revenue which is not good news for the local economy," he added.
Two other, separate cases of fraud were adjourned until next month.
Jian Lin Wang, 33, of Alpha Road, London, is accused of seven trademark offences and one Video Recordings Act offence.
The court has adjourned the case until April 5 so Mr Wang can have a Mandarin interpreter.
Edward Dillingham, 41, of White Hart Lane, London, failed to show for his hearing for similar charges. The court was concerned when they heard he did not register with police when on bail this month.