Romford trader’s counterfeit goods costs £24,719
PUBLISHED: 09:00 05 March 2012
»A trader convicted of selling counterfeit designer goods in Romford has been ordered to pay back £24,000 in earnings.
Barbara Hubbard was caught with more than 2,300 illegal goods after being visited by Havering Council officers at a car boot fair.
The 48-year-old pleaded guilty to offences under section 92 of the Trade Marks Act 1994 and was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court last April.
She was banned from working at any market or car boot sale in England and Wales and given a suspended six-month prison sentence.
Hubbard was also electronically tagged and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
Last week, Crown Court Judge Jonathan Black ruled that Hubbard must pay back £24,719 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Hubbard first came to the attention of trading standards officers when they visited her stall at the Bonzer Boot fair in Romford and bought branded items including a Tiffany money clip and a Cartier watch.
Officers subsequently seized items at Hubbard’s stall, from her van and at her home.
They found counterfeit jewellery, handbags, sunglasses, purses, caps, belts, key rings, hair straighteners, watches, umbrellas, suitcases and clothing at her home in Antill Road, Bow.
Gucci and Dior
The counterfeit brands included Chanel, Gucci, Ugg, Rolex, GHD, Louis Vuitton, DKNY, Christian Dior, Prada, Swatch and Dolce and Gabbana.
Havering Council deputy leader Cllr Steven Kelly said: “We will continue to pursue the ill-gotten gains of traders who think they can make money illegally by selling counterfeit goods. My message to illegal traders is clear: we will catch up with you, use the powers available to us and make sure you feel the full force of the law.”
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