Counterfeit trio must pay back £55,000 - or face jail

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Three people involved in selling fake designer clothing, electric toothbrushes and razor blades on the internet must pay back £55,000 – or face two years in jail.

Anna Iwanicka, of Culrain Place, Hodge Lea, Dorota Iwanicka, of Khasiaberry, Walnut Tree, and Robert Tomasz Dziekanowski, also of Culrain Place, had previously appeared before magistrates to admit importing the counterfeit goods direct from China, and selling them on eBay.

At a confiscation hearing at Amersham Crown Court Anna Iwanicka was ordered to pay £39,040.27 within six months or go to jail for 13 months. Dorota Iwanicka was ordered to pay £7,027.49 within six months or go to jail for five months and Robert Tomasz Dziekanowski was ordered to pay £9,468.70 within six months or go to jail for five months. The courts made a total confiscation order of £55,536.56.

At an earlier hearing the trio had appeared before Aylesbury Crown Court and were each sentenced to nine months imprisonment – suspended for 2 years – and also ordered to each do 300 hours of unpaid work.

The judge also made them subject to a curfew for nine months, between midnight and 6am.

The trio originally appeared before Milton Keynes Magistrates on June 17, where they pleaded guilty to offences of selling counterfeit goods, following a case brought by Milton Keynes Council’s trading standards service.

They sold over 12,000 items of counterfeit Calvin Klein clothing, 1,700 Oral B electric toothbrushes and 6,400 Gillette razor blades netting them an income of over £83,000.

They were discovered when an investigator from Brand Solutions, on behalf of Proctor and Gamble, Oral B’s parent company, ‘surfed’ the internet and noticed that they were advertising goods far below retail prices, in some instances lower than their staff shop.

Milton Keynes trading standards carried out a test purchase and after confirming that the goods were counterfeit obtained a search warrant for their home addresses, which resulted in the seizure of over 1,300 counterfeit goods.

Karen Ford, Head of Trading Standards for Milton Keynes Council, said: “This investigation is a strong deterrent to anyone who thinks that they can make easy money by selling illegal and, in this case, potentially dangerous goods in Milton Keynes.

“Our investigation sends a clear message that we are here to protect our residents and at the same time support our legitimate traders from unfair competition such as this.”