Couple ordered to pay back more than £28,686 after selling counterfeit clothing on eBay

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A couple who in October were handed a community sentence for selling counterfeit clothing on eBay while living in Friskney, have been asked to pay back a total of £28,696.02.

At Lincoln Crown Court yesterday (Monday), Amanda and Roger Walker, attended a hearing took place for confiscation orders to be made.

Mr Walker was told to pay back £15,538.37, while Mrs was asked to pay £13,157.65.

The confiscation orders were made based on their available assets, and must be paid within six months.

In default of payment there would be a nine month imprisonment sentence for Mr Walker and an eight month imprisonment sentence for Mrs Walker.

The Walkers were advised by the Judge to sell their house as soon as possible in light of this timescale.

In October the couple, now living on Church Lane, in Winthorpe, were handed a community service sentence for the crime when they appeared at Lincoln Crown Court.

During that trial Lincolnshire Trading Standards said they became aware of the 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’.

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.