£95,000 bill for fake trainer seller
A WICKWAR man has been ordered to pay back nearly £95,000 that he had made from the sale of fake branded trainers – 10 years after he was originally convicted.
Martyn Davis, 38, of Canters Leaze, appeared at Bristol Crown Court, above, on May 13 to face action under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover money he made from selling the counterfeit footwear.
He was originally investigated by South Gloucestershire Trading Standards in 2008 when he was found to be selling fake trainers online and 355 pairs of fake branded trainers were seized from his then home in Yate.
He pleaded guilty to 13 offences under the Trade Marks Act in June 2009, following a lengthy trading standards investigation, and was found to have made £96,000.
But when he was sentenced the following year his available assets were assessed at just £2,000, which he paid.
Last year, however, trading standards established that Davis now had enough money to pay the rest of the amount, having discovered that he had recently bought a house and was paying into a pension fund.
They took him back to court, as the Proceeds of Crime Act allows confiscation orders to be re-visited where the financial circumstances of an offender have improved.
He agreed to pay the remaining £94,807.15 or face a year in jail.
Cabinet Member for Communities Rachael Hunt said: “We are pleased to see this case finally reach its conclusion with the repayment of these ill-gotten gains.”
Anyone who suspects they may have been sold counterfeit goods should call trading standards on 03454 04 05 06.