Mona car boot trader fined for selling counterfeits

Anglesey Council

A woman who sold counterfeit clothing and make-up at a car boot sale on Anglesey has been fined.

Over 75 fake items sold by Bethan Evans were seized from a sale at the Mona showground by Trading Standards officers. She pleaded guilty to four charges of selling counterfeit goods in court.

Officers said Ms Evans, from Blaenau Ffestiniog, was caught selling clothing from numerous top brands such as Superdry, North Face, Nike, Calvin Klein and Emporio Armani. They also found her selling comestics including MAC and Kylie and perfumes such as Gucci Bamboo & Invictus Paco Rabanne.

Two hoodies were brought as test purchases on a routine visit to the Mona car boot in December – but despite being branded separately, they were found to be virtually identical. The rest of her stock was seized and later found to be counterfeit.

Caernarfon magistrates heard Evans claimed she believed the products were genuine cheaper imports – but she later confessed to knowing they were fake, having brought them cheaply from the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester before selling the goods on.

She also admitted deceiving customers over the safety of the cosmetics on sale – prosecutors said they were untested and posed a risk to users. The court fined Evans £140 plus another £530 in costs and a victim surcharge.

After sentencing, the chief public protection officer for Anglesey, Les Pursglove, said: ”This sends a clear message to anyone thinking of selling counterfeit products to make some quick money that it will not be tolerated. Counterfeit goods impact brand holders, genuine retailers and the staff they employ.”

”They are certainly not the bargain they may appear to be. These goods 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 only worth £5 and a badge.”

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