A married couple from Lincolnshire have been handed a community service sentence for selling counterfeit clothing on eBay while living in Friskney.
Lincolnshire Trading Standards became aware of Roger and Amanda Walker’s trading back in 2012 and raided their home in Field Lane, Friskney.
Officers found more than 600 clothes infringing various trademarks including Adidas and Ralph Lauren, and their eBay account showed a turnover of £31,000 for a 90-day period.
Mr Walker bought the stock from China and claimed it hadn’t crossed his mind that the cheap price he paid for the clothes could indicate that they were fakes. Mrs Walker also said she was unaware and claimed to have less involvement with the ‘business’.
Trading Standards service manager Ian Newell said: “If you sell counterfeit goods online that doesn’t make your crime invisible and you are still breaking the law. We keep an eye on websites like eBay to protect residents from spending their hard earned cash on a cheap imitation.
“Fake clothing like what was sold in this case can cause disappointment to unsuspecting people.”
“This prosecution proves that it doesn’t matter if you sell fake goods over the internet or from a car boot, you can be easily traced and you can face criminal prosecution.”
On Wednesday, the couple now living on Church Lane in Winthorpe appeared at Lincoln Crown Court.
Mr Walker, 41, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of trademark offences and was sentenced to 240 hours of community service.
He was also handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Mrs Walker, also 41, pleaded guilty to four offences and was ordered to serve 120 hours of community service.