08/14/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/14/2017 06:36
On the 9 August 2017 at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court Paul Bow and Daniel Bow of William Street, Merthyr Tydfil pleaded guilty to offences under the Trade Marks Act. These matters related to the sale of counterfeit goods following an investigation carried out by Merthyr Tydfil Trading Standards Service.
The court was told that during routine monitoring of social media the Trading Standards Service discovered a Facebook page 'Daniel Del Boy Bow' offering for sale designer goods at prices below market value. A further check identified another Facebook page 'Cheap Christmas Gifts' offering for sale Chanel perfume. A covert test purchase was carried out and the officer was told to collect the goods from the home of the defendants. The perfume was found to be counterfeit.
A warrant was then executed at the home of the Bow's where clothing packaged as new bearing brand names such as Nike, Adidas, Ralph Lauren and Stone Island were seized. A notebook was also recovered with handwritten notes which appeared to be a price list. Samples of the goods were sent for examination where it was confirmed they were counterfeit.
In interview Paul Bow stated the goods were his and his son Daniel would put the Facebook posts up offering the goods for sale and deal with customers calling to the property. In interview Daniel Bow confirmed he would assist his father by posting pictures onto Facebook and dealing with customer enquiries.
Daniel Bow was ordered to pay a total of £1,490 in fines and costs.
In relation to Paul Bow the court were advised that he had previous convictions for similar offending and had carried out the present crimes whilst on licence for other offences. In sentencing Paul Bow, the Magistrates commented that his list of previous convictions which included offences of a similar nature and terms of imprisonment meant that the court had little option other than to pass a sentence of 24 weeks immediate imprisonment.
Paul Lewis, Trading Standards Manager states 'The sale of Counterfeit goods is not a victimless crime. Our aim is to make Merthyr Tydfil a Fake Free Town.'
Councillor Geraint Thomas, Cabinet Member for Trading Standards stated 'The prison sentence handed down should act as clear warning to any individual considering this type of criminality. A thriving economy requires a fair playing field for businesses to operate. Those who seek to undermine our legitimate traders will be robustly dealt with'
If you have information on the supply of counterfeit goods please contact Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06 or by emailing [email protected]. All information is treated in the strictest confidence.