Trader fined for selling fake goods

A market trader who sold thousands of fake goods has been told to pay back £49,000 – or face jail.

Wayne Foster, 41, of The Nook, Loscoe, appeared before Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday, March 14, when he was ordered to repay the money in six months or risk a 15-month prison term.

Last May, Foster had admitted eight offences under the Trade Marks Act of selling counterfeit goods from Ilkeston Market and of possessing fake goods for sale. He received a 12-month community order to carry out 120 hours’ unpaid work.

Foster was prosecuted by the council after officers seized around 7,000 items from his stall, his van and from garages at his home. Nearly all the goods were clothing, perfume, aftershave and cosmetics, 96 per cent of which were found to be counterfeit.

The council seized the items in November 2010 after buying goods from Foster’s stall.

Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for regeneration Cllr Kevin Parkinson, said: “This latest successful action under the Proceeds of Crime Act underlines our continuing determination to ensure that dishonest traders don’t hang onto their ill-gotten gains.

“Unscrupulous businesses should be in no doubt that we’ll bring the full weight of the law to bear on anyone selling fake goods.

“We’re committed to protecting the vast majority of traders who earn an honest living – and ensuring that customers are not cheated with shoddy, second-rate goods”.