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POCA success

A Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation case concluded at Teesside Crown Court on Monday 8 February, finding that an online counterfeiter had benefited from his criminal conduct by £550,000.

Mark Edwards, of Essex, sold on an online auction site from 2004 to 2007 fake goods including counterfeit Chanel sunglasses, Links of London jewellery, Jean Paul Gautier perfumes and other branded goods.

He has been given six months to pay £38,600 – the value of his available assets.  If he fails to do so, he will serve 15 months imprisonment in default.

Edwards had previously pleaded guilty to 11 offences of supplying and possessing for supply counterfeit goods, conspiracy to defraud and money laundering. He was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment in July 2008.

The County Council’s Executive Member for Trading Standards and Planning Services, Cllr Clare Wood, said: ‘The Proceeds of Crime Act is a very valuable crime-fighting tool. Offenders need to be aware that we will take all possible steps to ensure that crime does not pay in North Yorkshire. This includes removing assets offenders have gained as a result of their criminal behaviour.’