The owner of a mobile phone accessory shop which traded in Chester’s Forum Shopping Centre has been ordered to pay £47,000 after being caught selling counterfeit goods.
Cheshire West and Chester Council Trading Standards Officers seized more than counterfeit 150 phone covers and other phone-related items, as well as counterfeit ashtrays and smoking accessories from Phone Doctor shops in the Forum and Wrexham.
Amjid Hussain, of Carnoustie Close in Wrexham, admitted one Trade Marks Act offence concerning the sale of counterfeit mobile phone accessories from the Chester and Wrexham stores over a 16 month period and was found guilty of one offence of mortgage fraud at an earlier hearing at Chester Crown Court.
Warrington Crown Court heard on Friday (December 18) that 52-year-old Mr Hussain had benefited from the offences by £47,000, so he was ordered to pay the full sum within three months under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The court ordered that Mr Hussain would serve a 15-month prison sentence if he does not pay within that period.
If he serves the prison term in default for non-payment of the order, he would still owe the full amount and any outstanding balance after the three-month deadline would start to attract interest.
Case sends a 'strong message'
Cllr Mark Henesy, cabinet member for environment and community, said: “Our Trading Standards officers will vigorously pursue those involved in the sale of counterfeit goods and continue to protect the public and legitimate traders by removing poor quality counterfeit products from the market place.
“Our accredited financial investigators will ensure that offenders are not only faced with having a criminal record but will have their assets seized if they are shown to have benefitted from crime. This case sends out a strong message – quite simply – crime does not pay.”