Fake Armani watch seller jailed

Civic Offices
Civic Offices

A man who sold fake ‘Emporio Armani’ watches on eBay has been jailed for 12 months.

Mr Raimondas Norkus, 28, who operated from his home in Conniburrow, originally appeared at Aylesbury Magistrates Court on Monday, June 11 and pleaded guilty to four offences under The Trade Marks Act 1994.

The court heard that in May 2011, following information received from a member of the public, Milton Keynes Council Trading Standards officers carried out an undercover test purchase on eBay, which resulted in a suspected fake Emporio Armani watch being bought, which was subsequently confirmed by experts as being counterfeit.

As a result a warrant was executed at Mr Norkus’s address at the time, in Carlina Place, Conniburrow, in August 2011 which led to a seizure of 58 Emporio Armani branded watches, and a large quantity of branded packaging – all of which were also found to be counterfeit.

Mr Norkus was selling the watches for £120, whilst genuine watches retail up to £399.

Yesterday he was sentenced to 12 months immediate custody.

Head of Regulatory Unit at Milton Keynes Council, Karen Ford said: “eBay is a popular way for traders and members of the public to sell goods, however Milton Keynes Trading Standards officers monitor the site for suspicious activity as well as investigating intelligence received from members of the public. “Should anyone be found selling counterfeit goods they will be investigated and run the risk of further action against them, which may result in heavy fines and even custodial sentences, as well as Proceeds of Crime Act investigations in every case.  Financial investigations go back six years and defendants may lose any of their assets - including their home, car or cash - acquired as the result of criminal activity.”

If you think that a trader is not complying with the law or you have a problem with something you have paid for, please call Trading Standards on 08454 04 05 06 or you can report the sale of counterfeit goods anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you are a trader and would like some advice and guidance then please contact the Business One Stop Service on 01908 252818