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Hefty bill and community service for Braintree counterfeit seller

6 May 2016

A stallholder at Braintree Market has pleaded guilty to selling knock-off clothing and ordered to pay nearly £3,000.



Russell Hunter, 54, of Squires Field, Hextable in Kent, appeared before Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 5 May 2016 in a case brought by Essex Trading Standards.
He pleaded guilty of breaking the Trade Marks Act in November 2014 by possessing, with a view to selling, counterfeit Ralph Lauren, Converse and Adidas clothing on his stall at Braintree Market.
Magistrates sentenced Mr Hunter to 150 hours of community service, a £60 criminal surcharge and awarded costs of £2800 to Essex Trading Standards that Mr Hunter will have to pay. An order for forfeiture and destruction of all goods sized was also made.
Cllr David Finch, Essex County Council Leader, said: “We will not tolerate the selling of counterfeit goods anywhere in our county. It undermines the trade of legitimate business and we will continue to work towards successful prosecutions of those that do attempt to flout the law. This is a great result by our Trading Standards Officers, who work tirelessly to protect Essex consumers and the local economy.”