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Man jailed for selling counterfeit goods

A man from Sheerness has been jailed for 12 months for selling counterfeit goods at boot fairs on the Isle of Sheppey in a prosecution brought by Kent County Council's Trading Standards and Legal Services. 

Anthony McSweeney, of Alma Road, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 16 December after previously pleading guilty to six offences of making and selling counterfeit DVDs during 2010. 
 
More than 1,500 fake DVDs, together with computer equipment and DVD burners used to produce them, were seized by Trading Standards officers, working in partnership with Kent Police and the Federation Against Copyright Theft. The court ordered that all the items be destroyed.
 
McSweeney had two previous convictions for similar offences and was in breach of a conditional discharge.

He was ordered to serve six months in custody with the remainder of his sentence to be spent on licence.
 
Mark Rolfe, Kent County Council Area Manager for Kent Trading Standards, said: “The jailing of this serial counterfeiter should be a deterrent to anyone considering this type of activity and shows that this crime can carry a heavy punishment.

Those who make and sell counterfeit goods put the livelihoods of anyone working in legitimate retail outlets at risk. Kent County Council’s Trading Standards team is committed to supporting and protecting the growth of legitimate businesses. One of the ways we do this is by prosecuting criminals of this type."


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For further information contact Marijke Cox at Kent County Council Press Office on 01622 694933 or email marijke.cox@kent.gov.uk