Fraudster jailed for six months after selling fake brands of clothing including Fred Perry

A selection of the goods seized.

A selection of the goods seized. - Credit: Archant

An online fraudster has been sentenced for six months in prison for selling fake designer clothing of brands including Versace, Fred Perry, Lacoste and Ralph Lauren.

Mark Mateer, 32, of Hammersmith Way, Ipswich, must also pay £2,000 in costs within 12 months after pleading guilty to 12 counts of Trade Mark Act offences earlier in the year.

Mateer was caught selling designer goods on Gumtree. A total of 490 items of clothing, including polo shirts, tracksuits, coats, jeans and t-shirts, sunglasses and trainers were seized.

During sentencing, Judge Martyn Levett said: “You received a warning shot across the bow in May 2013 when you had a quantity of goods seized and received a notice from Trading Standards.

“You are a 32-year-old man with a number of previous convictions.

“When you said you were sorry these were merely words to shift the blame onto the shoulders of others. The words were mere words as nine months later you were doing the same thing.

“I take into account the deception of the innocent members of the public, as well as the courts duty to protect the interests of the trade mark holders.

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“Reflecting on the overall criminality, the object is to punish, deter and protect the public from harm.

“I understand you have no means for cost and take note of the early guilty plea however £2,000 costs to be paid in 12 months.”

Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection said he was pleased with the outcome of the sentencing, and added: “If you plan to carry out criminal activity using social networks and other online platforms, be aware that you can be traced and once caught, you will face criminal penalties for your actions.”