Man jailed over counterfeit goods

Published on: Thursday, 20-November-2014

A man’s been jailed after admitting he planned to sell hundreds of counterfeit DVDs and CDs to pay off a cocaine debt.

Following an investigation by Knowsley Council’s Trading Standards team, Ian Atkinson pleaded guilty to 10 offences of possessing counterfeit DVDs and CDs and one offence of possessing unclassified DVDs for sale.

The 42 year old, of Osbourne Road in Prenton, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to 27 weeks in jail.

Atkinson had previously been convicted for a similar offence in December 2010 after being found in possession of more than 1,000 counterfeit DVDs and CDs. On that occasion, he received a suspended jail sentence.

A police officer stopped Atkinson’s car on Pinfold Road in Halewood in September 2013 and discovered 218 film DVDs and 10 music CDs.

Knowsley’s Trading Standards officers worked with the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and the British Recorded Music Industry Ltd (BPI) to establish that the haul was either counterfeit or unclassified.

If sold, the DVDs and CDs would have netted Atkinson over £650 and lost over £1,700 for the retail industry.

A spokesperson for Knowsley Council said: “We take the problem of counterfeit goods extremely seriously in Knowsley and when we receive intelligence alerting us to possible counterfeiting, we will always investigate.

“Counterfeiting costs the economy a great deal of money and the real victims are legitimate retailers who sell genuine goods and lose out to cheap, illegal imitations.
“I would urge anyone who is aware of counterfeit goods being sold to contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.”