Ipswich Facebook trader caught selling counterfeit goods sentenced to 9 weeks custodial sentence


An Ipswich man has been sentenced after admitting to selling counterfeit goods on Facebook.

Alan Charles Harvey, of Wellesley Road, Ipswich appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

He was sentenced to a 9 week custodial sentence, which will be suspended for two years. A rehabilitation activity requirement order was issued against him for 15 days, to work on his moral reasoning skills.

Mr Harvey was also told to pay the court costs of £5,000 and a surcharge of £115 as well as forfeiting all the counterfeit items he held and electrical items, including two computers, an iPad and a Mobile Phone.

This successful prosecution follows Suffolk Trading Standards receiving complaints from members of public who reported that Mr Harvey was selling branded goods, such as handbags and clothing on his Facebook Page, which were suspected to be counterfeit.

A warrant was carried out at an address in Iris Close, Ipswich, where over 400 pieces of counterfeit clothing were seized. The items seized were examined by the brand holders and confirmed to be counterfeit.

Branded goods may only be sold if they are genuine and made with the consent of the Trade Mark holder. Counterfeit goods are not of the same quality as genuine products and may even be unsafe as they may not have been tested to required safety standards.

This can be of considerable detriment to both consumers as well as being unfair to businesses selling genuine products. A good indication of whether an item is likely to be genuine is the quality and the price.

Councillor Richard Rout, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Public Protection, said:

“Suffolk Trading Standards is committed to keeping counterfeit goods off the streets. This investigation demonstrates that those selling Counterfeit products through methods such as Facebook, eBay and Gumtree will not evade investigation and may be prosecuted.

“I would urge Suffolk residents to only purchase goods from reputable suppliers and avoid buying products from anyone who will not provide a receipt and details of their name and address.”

If any anyone has information or suspects anyone of selling counterfeit products, contact Trading Standards on: 03454 040506.