Successful prosecution of a rogue trader
Flintshire County Council Trading Standards team have had a successful
prosecution of a rogue trader recently.
Ashley Colin Turner of 83 Chester Road, Huntington, Chester pleaded guilty to 7
charges of supplying and possessing counterfeit goods under the Trade Marks Act
Early last year Flintshire County Council Trading Standards Service were
contacted by representatives of Rubies Masquerade - suppliers of super hero
costumes to say that they had found a supplier of counterfeit super hero
costumes on Ebay. A test purchase was made and it confirmed to be counterfeit
by a representative of Warner Brothers.
Checks were made and the supplier was Cestrian Sports trading from Rowleys
Drive in Shotton. In September last year a search was carried out at Mr
Turner’s home address and the address in Shotton. Two hundred fifty items were
seized of which two hundred and fifty were counterfeit with a street value of
The court accepted that Mr Turner was a person of previous good character who
had set up a successful business and had failed to understand the significance
of registered trademarks. Mr Turner was fined £1,125 and ordered to pay
investigation costs of £2,211 and compensation of £7,236.22 to Rubies, he was
also ordered to pay a surcharge of £200 making a total of £10,772.22.
Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Protection,
Councillor Chris Bithell, said:
“This is a very good result after a thorough investigation by Flintshire’s
Trading Standards Service and a good example of the kind of results that can be
achieved by good partnership working. The fine and compensation reflects that
these crimes are not the victimless crimes as many perceive. This is theft of
trade marks that companies spend large amounts of money to develop and it also
has an adverse effect on those companies that sell the genuine products.”
Mike O’Connell, Global Head of Anti-Piracy at Rubie’s Masquerade Co. (UK) Ltd,
“This is another fantastic result for the team at Rubie’s in our fight against
counterfeit products and those who sell them. We would like to express our
thanks to all of the officers at Flintshire Trading Standards for their support
and assistance from the outset of this operation.
“Successful prosecutions such as this, demonstrate how rogue traders are being
combatted as a result of close collaboration between Rubie’s and law
enforcement. Together we are fighting back against the persistent threat of
counterfeit costumes and toys.
“Our global team works extensively on detecting and removing counterfeit
products, across all trading platforms and in store.”
If anyone suspects they purchased counterfeit goods or anyone is selling them
they should report it to Trading Standards on 03454 040506.