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Prison for man who sold fake designer clothes

A 34-year-old man has been handed a prison sentence after pleading guilty to selling counterfeit designer clothing online.

Amit Sharma of Forbes Parks, Robins Lane, Bramhall and formerly of Cheltenham Drive, Sale, appeared at Manchester Crown Court on 26 November 2010 and was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment. He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to five specimen charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

On 14 February 2007 Trafford Trading Standards, supported by Greater Manchester Police, executed an entry warrant at the house on Cheltenham Drive, Sale.  Amit Sharma was arrested and counterfeit goods, business records and computers were seized.
 
Investigations conducted by Trafford Council revealed that Mr Sharma had been operating numerous accounts on an internet auction site on which he was selling counterfeit designer name clothing such as Abercrombie and Fitch and Diesel.

Through checking previous records the prosecution were able to show a turnover of over £1.1 million across a four-year period.
 
Working with the Regional Asset Recovery Team the prosecution were able to demonstrate how he had used this income to fund a luxury lifestyle that included the use of several expensive, high-performance, cars.

Executive Councillor John Reilly said: 'This man was 'living the high life’ through the profits of dealing in counterfeit goods at the cost of his customers and the legitimate business community.

'The loss of his liberty shows the seriousness of his crime and our determination to act against those that trade in illegal goods. I would urge anyone with information about counterfeiting to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.'

In addition to the prison sentence a confiscation order for £3,117.97 was made under the Proceeds of Crime Act, non-payment of which will result in a further 50 days imprisonment.

Trafford Council press release 29 November 2010