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16 April 2015, 07:17
A 32 year old man from Ipswich has admitted using Gumtree to sell fake designer clothes.
Mark Mateer, from Hammersmith Way, pleaded guilty to 12 counts of Trade Mark Act offences.
He was arrested in 2013 after Suffolk Trading Standards were made aware of designer goods being sold by him on Gumtree. 300 items were then seized from an address in Byron Road in Ipswich. The labels included Versace, Juicy Couture, Fred Perry, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren and Stone Island.
Matter was questioned in relation to the goods and released on bail pending further investigation.
Trading Standards officers then found out that Mateer had begun to sell again but from a new location. He was arrested and over 190 items of clothing were seized. This included polo shirts, tracksuits, coats, jeans and t-shirts, sunglasses and trainers.
The Head of Suffolk Trading Standards Steve Greenfield said: "One of the aims of Trading Standards is to protect consumers from the sale of counterfeit goods. Unsuspecting customers are cheated as they believe they are buying the genuine article only to be disappointed and unable to obtain redress from the trader. Counterfeiting also damages the reputable companies and their good name.
"If you are carrying out criminal activity using social networks and other online selling platforms, be aware that you can be traced and you will face criminal penalties for your actions once caught."
He'll be sentenced next month.