Rogue trader from North Common, South Gloucestershire given suspended jail term for selling counterfeit designer clothes
A rogue trader who sold fake clothing has been given a suspended jail sentence at Bristol Crown Court.
Richard Rooseby, of Albany Way, North Common, was given nine months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 250 hour of unpaid work after admitting eight counterfeiting offences.
The charges involved selling fake Zumba fitness clothing and Abercrombie and Fitch garments.
He also admitted having other counterfeit brands for sale including Hollister, Ugg and Ray-Ban which generated thousands of pounds in income.
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He admitted the offences when he appeared before Northavon Magistrates’ Court in December.
Rooseby was prosecuted by South Gloucestershire trading standards officers who investigated after complaints about illegal trading on the website, Ebay.
They raided his home address in May last year which led to counterfeit stock being seized.
Rooseby admitted to making approximately £20 profit on each Zumba item he sold.
His accounts revealed an income of about £50,000 from sales of branded items via Ebay alone.
Neil Derrick, Senior Fair Trade Officer for South Gloucestershire Trading Standards, said: “Rooseby was a worldwide seller of counterfeit merchandise and generated substantial income from these sales including local sales through word of mouth – all of which will be confiscated through separate action under the Proceeds of Crime Act.”
Councillor Claire Young, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council’s Communities Committee, said: “This case should serve to warn others that counterfeiting is illegal and wrong.”