May 24, 2021
Cheshire East Council trade standards officials successfully prosecuted a woman who sold counterfeit branded goods online.
Tanya Fletcher of McNeill Avenue in Crewe appeared before the South Cheshire Magistrates in Crewe on May 18 and was charged with violating the Fraud and Trademarks Act.
The council’s trade standards team opened an investigation after discovering their advertisements for expensive branded clothing that was being offered for sale on their social media account at cheap prices.
Items included a pair of counterfeit Balenciaga sneakers that retail for Â£ 500 and sell for just Â£ 30. It also advertised counterfeit Gym King, North Face and Adidas branded tracksuits, as well as several other counterfeit Designer branded products.
The court was told that commercial standards officials sent photos of the goods to the manufacturers and six of them confirmed that the clothes were counterfeit. Other fake brands included Moncler, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Calvin Klein, Ugg, Nike, Armani, and Converse.
Fletcher, 35, pleaded guilty to selling false branded goods and engaging in fraudulent business. Her lawyer told the court that it was obvious to customers that the goods were not genuine.
Councilor Mick Warren, chairman of the Cheshire East Council for the Environment and Communities, said: âSelling or attempting to sell counterfeit designer goods in this way is a fraud to the public and manufacturers, while harming retailers of genuine branded goods.
“This sends a message that our trade standards team is always vigilant and will be prosecuted in these circumstances.”
The defendant was given an 18-month parole, sentenced to pay a cost of Â£ 250 with a Â£ 20 sacrificial surcharge.