A 45-YEAR-OLD has been found guilty of selling counterfeit Superdry, Ralph Lauren and UGG products.
Wayne Broomhall, 45, of Kings Norton in Birmingham, appeared in front of North Devon magistrates charged with 11 offences committed at a market stall in Croyde in 2012.
However Broomhall pleaded guilty to five and the other six were dismissed.
The court heard from Nicola May, prosecuting on behalf of Trading Standards, who said on July 24 as a result of a joint operation with Devon County Council, items were seized from a stall run by Broomhall.
More than 240 items worth £4,915 were retained by Trading Standards.
They include items bearing logos by Superdry, Ralph Lauren, Franklin & Marshall, UGG, Vans, and Calvin Klein.
While a number of the goods were found to be genuine the remaining were counterfeit.
Miss May said: “In interview he did show he had a good knowledge of his stock and was aware of which ones were counterfeit.
“He says he swapped some genuine Vans shoes for counterfeit items and said he made no checks and asked no questions about the items.”
Jen Law, for the defence, said her client was not involved in manufacturing any counterfeit goods and was in not involved in any chain of production.
“He was told if he was not selling the items as if they were real then it was all right,” she added. “He now knows that was an incredibly naive view.”
Broomhall was ordered to undertake 80 hours of unpaid work, ordered to forfeit the goods and pay court costs of £2,300.
Speaking after the hearing, Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, with responsibility for Devon & Somerset Trading Standards Service, said: “Selling counterfeit goods is a serious crime.
“By selling counterfeit goods, Mr Broomhall has undermined the local businesses that play by the rules, as well potentially damaging the reputation of the area among the holiday makers for whom those traders rely for their livelihoods.
“This case sends a very clear message that we will not tolerate the supply or sale of counterfeit goods, and shows just how valuable the work of our trading standards service is in protecting the public and the interests of legitimate traders.”