A JOBLESS Wrexham man went to Manchester to buy counterfeit goods and sold them in pubs, Mold Crown Court was told.
Paul Godfrey, 43, was spotted selling CDs and DVDs at The Mitre Joint pub in Pentre Felin, by two off-duty police officers.
Later he was stopped by police carrying carrier bags containing 28 CDs and DVDs, all counterfeit.
Police searched his home and found eight items of clothing, 29 bottles of perfume, a scarf, and 131 DVDs which were all counterfeit, explained barrister John Wyn Williams, prosecuting for Wrexham council’s trading standards department.
If they had been genuine, they would have been valued at about £2,000, which was the potential loss to the manufacturers.
Godfrey, of Pentre Felin, Wrexham, admitted nine trademarks and three copyright offences and received a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for two years.
Godfrey was also placed on supervision for two years and was made the subject of a three-month 9pm to 7am curfew.
“You could not complain if I sent you straight to prison today,” Judge John Rogers QC told him. “You were deliberately travelling to Manchester to obtain goods which you knew were counterfeit and selling them in licensed premises in Wrexham. If there is any repetition, you will go to prison.”
Godfrey now faces a specialist financial investigation under The Proceeds of Crime Act and a hearing will be held in January.
He claimed, when police seized £1,600 in cash from him, he had saved money for Christmas and he had enjoyed a good gambling win.
Nicholas Williams, defending, said his client had not worked for some 10 to 15 years, relied on benefits, and conceded he had supplemented his income on this occasion by selling counterfeit items.