Trader jailed for selling fakes at hospital

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A TRADER has been jailed for four months after admitting selling fake designer clothing in the foyer at Milton Keynes General Hospital.

Derek Simms from Ruislip in Middlesex, received four months imprisonment at Amersham Crown Court this week (19th) after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to offences under The Trade Marks Act 1994.

The court heard that in April 2010, following a tip off, test purchases were carried out by undercover Trading Standards officers at a temporary stall, situated inside Milton Keynes General Hospital operated by Mr Simms.

An Ed Hardy T-shirt and Ralph Lauren Polo shirt were confirmed as being counterfeit, leading to a raid at his stall and a warrant being executed at his home address where further counterfeit goods were uncovered. This resulted in Derek Simms being arrested and interviewed.

In total 173 counterfeit items were seized, which included 89 Ed Hardy t-shirts & 77 Ralph Lauren Polo Shirts which all turned out to be fake. The value of the items, if they had been genuine, would have been in the region of £16,000.

Head of trading standards, Karen Ford said: “In this case it became quite apparent during interview that the defendant had not carried out enough checks to ensure that some of the goods that he was selling were genuine. If you sell designer goods then you must ensure that they are not counterfeit. Any trader based in Milton Keynes or who sells goods in Milton Keynes can come to us for advice and guidance on what steps they need to take to ensure that they do not sell fake goods.”