Facebook fake clothes trader fined

A Bodedern woman has been fined for using Facebook to sell fake designer clothes.

Nearly 500 fake items were seized from Pauline Williams’ home at Bryn Glas, after she ignored warnings from Trading Standards officers to stop selling counterfeit goods.

Williams, who admitted three charges, was ordered by Caernarfon magistrates to pay a total of £1,030, inclduing a £750 fine.

The court heard council officers found Williams was using several ‘For Sale’ pages on the social media network to sell top brand clothing including Superdry, Ralph Lauren, Nike, Hugo Boss and Adidas in November 2017.

Around the same time, they contacted her by direct message, warning her that selling fake goods was a criminal offence and advising her to ensure she was not selling branded clothing, unless certain they were genuine.

Williams continued selling the fake clothes, and in July 2018, officers raided her home. Despite claiming she had no counterfeit goods – apart from a single pair of Nike trainers in the car – a total of 478 counterfeit items were found in an annex to the main property.

Her mobile phone and tablet, which were also seized, revealed she had received the DM warning and was removed from a ‘For Sale’ page a month before the raid. But in a comment, she told an associate she would continue selling and ‘just make another account’.

Williams, through her lawyers, admitted two counts of selling counterfeit products and unauthorised use of trademarks and a further charge of breaching unfair trading regulations. All of the 478 items seized from her home were forfeited.

Les Pursglove, the chief public protection officer for Anglesey Council, said: ”This sends a clear message to anyone thinking of selling counterfeit products to make some quick cash. It will not be tolerated.”

”Counterfeit goods impact brand holders, genuine retailers and the staff they employ. They are not the bargain they may appear as they are of poorer quality and have not undergone the same level of testing as genuine articles. In effect, customers are paying £20 for a jumper that is worth £5 plus a badge.”

Councillor Richard Dew added: ”We welcome this conviction and the efforts of the Trading Standards to tackle counterfeit products helping to protect both residents and genuine businesses of Anglesey.”

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