Sale of fake DVD and CDs lands trader suspended prison sentence

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A TRADER has been handed a suspended prison sentence after admitting selling counterfeit film DVDs and music CDs at car boot sales.

Derbyshire County Council prosecuted Andrew Porter, 43, of Slant Lane, Shirebrook, after he sold counterfeit goods at car boot sales in Pleasley.

A joint raid by trading standards and police officers on Porter’s stall found almost 2,800 counterfeit discs. On two other visits to the stall on separate days undercover officers were sold counterfeit DVDs.

Appearing at Derby Crown Court this week, Porter was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months after admitting the offences. He was also ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and must attend a rehabilitative course.

Leslie Trueman, 53, of Mount Street, Mansfield, was sentenced to a four month house curfew running from 7pm to 7am after admitting selling counterfeit goods while working on Porter’s stall.

And Kathleen Hood, 40, of Park Road, Shirebrook, was sentenced to 80 hours unpaid work for her part in copying or manufacturing counterfeit DVDs.

All three pleaded guilty to an offence of conspiracy to distribute counterfeit goods which bear infringing copies of registered trademarks together with substantive charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “We are pleased with the outcome of this prosecution which sends out a clear message to traders who are tempted to sell counterfeit goods.

“The sale of fake products represents poor value for money for consumers and affects legitimate traders who are working hard to earn an honest living.

“We will pursue court action where appropriate to protect consumers and businesses and people tempted to sell fake goods should look at this case as a warning.”

The illegal sales were made during car boot sales in April 2010. During the joint raid police seized £1,350 in cash from Porter and £200 from Trueman.

Search warrants were executed at their home addresses and a further £1,400 and 869 counterfeit discs were found at Trueman’s address.

A search of Hood’s home found a desktop computer with a sophisticated printer set-up involving three printers and linked ink reservoirs. Two other laptops and a stand-alone DVD copier, 1,917 counterfeit DVD/MP3s, 600 sleeves and 94 blank cases for DVDs were also seized.

Records from mobile phones seized showed texts which backed up other evidence that the trio had been involved in the organised copying and distribution of counterfeit film DVDs and MP3 music discs.

The court ordered the forfeit and destruction of the goods seized.