Surrey counterfeiter hit with £500,000 confiscation order
Following an investigation by officers from Buckinghamshire and Surrey trading standards, Trevor Arthur PEGG, a 61 year old man from Epsom in Surrey was sentenced to three years imprisonment in January 2015 following a two week trial when he was convicted on 13 counts relating to the running of a fraudulent business selling counterfeit DVDs on eBay and Play.com. Titles sold included Disney’s ‘Little Mermaid’ and box sets of television programmes including ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ and ‘Borgen’ that were imported from China.
Today (16 April 2015), Pegg was transported from prison to appear before His Honour Judge Fraser at Guildford Crown Court for his confiscation hearing under the provisions of the Proceeds of Crime Act. The Court concluded that the benefit figure for Pegg from his criminal activity was £593,117 and the Court also heard that the available assets of Pegg are £495,000 and consequently made a confiscation order for that sum.
Assets, including two mortgage free houses, will now have to be sold to satisfy the confiscation order. The court allowed Pegg the maximum period of six months to satisfy the order or face an additional custodial sentence in default of three and a half years. HHJ Fraser reminded Pegg that the debt would still remain even if he is sentenced in default and that the amount could increase with interest.