Six month term for counterfeit DVD seller

A WOMAN caught selling counterfeit DVDs in Ipswich has today been sentenced to six months in prison.

A WOMAN caught selling counterfeit DVDs in Ipswich has today been sentenced to six months in prison.

Jian Zhu He received the sentence after admitting selling pornography and illegally copied films.

Magistrates heard how He had travelled from London to Ipswich to sell the stock.

She was caught as she sold the goods yesterday near a building site in Yeoman Close.

He, 27, fell foul of a sting operation set up by officers from Suffolk County Council's Trading Standards team.

Earlier this month He appeared at Dover Magistrates' Court and received a 24-month conditional discharge for a similar offence.

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Reg Ruffles, assistant county trading standards officer, welcomed the sentence.

He said: “This person has shown a blatant disregard for the law.

“This case didn't require an in-depth investigation. We had the evidence, we had the offences and we took her to court.

“People like Ms He, are ripping off legitimate businesses that sell authorised films.

“Anyone who comes to Suffolk thinking they can get away with selling their fake goods should seriously think again.

“Time and time again we have shown that people caught selling fakes will be dealt with using all the powers at our disposal.”

Sentencing He, magistrates said: “You were intentionally selling what you knew to be counterfeit items.

“You have a recent conviction for similar offences, as well as a caution last year.

“You also attempted to run away on this occasion.

“The charges are so serious only a custodial sentence will do.”

Anyone with information regarding counterfeit items should call Consumer Direct 08454 04 05 06.