Jail for car boot seller
A CROOKED DVD and CD seller caught with counterfeit stock carrying a High Street value of more than £275,000, has been jailed for nine months. Despite being arrested at Wisbech market in August he was caught less than a month later selling counterfeit ite
A CROOKED DVD and CD seller caught with counterfeit stock carrying a High Street value of more than £275,000, has been jailed for nine months.
Despite being arrested at Wisbech market in August he was caught less than a month later selling counterfeit items while still on bail.
Recorder Antonio Bueno said at Cambridge Crown Court last Thursday that Barry Wilton's offences were "serious, persistent and flagrant".
Wilton, 52, of St Paul's Close, Gorefield, first came to the attention of the authorities when customs officers raided the Sunday Market, in Salter's Way, Wisbech, in March 2005.
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Undercover officers kept tabs on him over the next year and he was witnessed selling counterfeit CDs and DVDs at the Wisbech market as well as unclassified pornographic films.
On August 18 Wilton and a co-defendant, Diane Gray, 42, of Smeeth Road, St John's Fen End, were found selling a large number of DVDs and CDs as well as quantities of pharmaceutical products.
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Wilton was bailed by police but on September 10 he was seen selling counterfeit CDs with MP3 files at a car boot sale near Cambridge.
Wilton pleaded guilty to 16 specimen charges, 14 for possessing or selling counterfeit goods and two for possessing or selling unlicensed pornographic films.
He said he had been selling the goods to earn a living and suffered from depression.
Gray pleaded guilty to six offences of selling counterfeit goods and was sentenced to 100 hours' community service.
Leon Livermore, head of Cambridgeshire County Council trading standards, said: "It is a misconception to say this type of crime hurts no one. I have spoken to legitimate companies who have gone out of business because of this type of counterfeit trade.
"Wilton had been warned and knew the risks. I welcome the decision to jail him and I hope this sends a strong message to similar traders on Cambridgeshire markets that this is taken seriously.