Used car salesman who hid counterfeit merchandise in boots hit with £60,000 bill
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A used car salesman has been ordered to pay £60,000 after pleading guilty to 11 offences under the Trades Mark Act.
Terence Cox's offences related to possession of a large amount of counterfeit clothing, shoes and watches which he stored in the boots of the cars he was selling on his forecourt.
He also hid goods in a shipping container at TC Car Sales and at his home in Wenvoe, Vale of Glamorgan.
Appearing at Cardiff Crown Court this week, Cox was sentenced to four months imprisonment for each offence to run concurrently, suspended for two years.
A proceeds of crime confiscation order was handed down for £50 000 - which must be paid within six months or the offender will be sent to prison for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay a contribution of £10 000 in costs.
Following a tip-off, Cardiff’s trading standards officers seized the illicit goods in June 2011.
An agreed forfeiture order was also granted by the court, allowing the counterfeit merchandise to be destroyed.
Councillor Bob Derbyshire said: “This case clearly shows that the court takes the black market economy relating to counterfeit goods very seriously and should send a clear message to those operating this illegal trade.
"Officers in regulatory services have taken a great deal of time and effort to trace the defendant’s financial accounts for the last six years to ensure he is unable to profit from his illegal activities. I would like to thank all those involved in this case.”