Man ordered to repay thousands of pounds after admitting counterfeiting crimes

May 31 2016

A MAN living near Chipping Sodbury was ordered to pay back nearly £25,000 after selling hundreds of fake goods online.

A MAN living near Chipping Sodbury was ordered to pay back nearly £25,000 after selling hundreds of fake goods online.
Andrew Minter, 55, of High Street, Wickwar, sold more than 1,600 counterfeit T-shirts featuring bands such as Motorhead, the Ramones and Blur.
He admitted two counterfeiting charges and was ordered by a judge at Bristol Crown Court to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.
He also received a three-month curfew order, was ordered to pay full prosecution costs of more than £6,299 and told to repay the benefit made from the crime of more than £24,729.
Minter was told the amount had to be paid within three months or he would face a nine-month term of imprisonment.
Minter’s activities came to light after a brand investigator discovered him trading on an online auction site.
The investigation was taken over by South Gloucestershire Council’s trading standards officers after several test purchases were made.
A warrant was executed at his home and his business premises on Gloucester Road, Bristol, which resulted in a quantity of business documentation and counterfeit clothing being seized.
It was discovered that Minter had been selling counterfeit clothing online for about four years in the UK and worldwide, selling 1,608 copied T-shirts and earning £17,000.
When interviewed, Minter claimed he had bought the T-shirts from an unidentified man and always paid him in cash.
Neil Derrick, of the trading standards department, welcomed the sentence.
He said: “The biggest penalty for Mr Minter is that he has to pay back nearly £25,000 or face imprisonment.
“Traders must be very careful about buying branded stock from unidentified sellers for cash, as counterfeiting is big business and also a crime.”