Online Suffolk fraudster jailed for selling fake designer goods

TSMM13(a)Online fraudster, Mark Mateer has been sentenced today to six months in prison at Ipswich Crown Court, and must pay £2000 in costs within 12 months.

Mr Mateer, 32 of Hammersmith Way, Ipswich, was caught selling designer goods on Gumtree to unsuspecting victims and pleaded guilty to 12 counts of Trade Mark Act offences earlier in the year.

During sentencing, Judge Martyn Levett commented:

“Mr Mateer, you received a warning shot across the bow in May 2013 when you had a quantity of goods seized and received a notice from Trading Standards. You are a 32 year old man with a number of previous convictions. When you said you were sorry these were merely words to shift the blame onto the shoulders of others. The words were mere words as nine months later you were doing the same thing.”

“I take into account the deception of the innocent members of the public, as well as the courts duty to protect the interests of the trade mark holders. Reflecting on the overall criminality, the object is to punish, deter and protect the public from harm. I understand you have no means for cost and take note of the early guilty plea however £2000 costs to be paid in 12 months.”

Councillor Colin Spence, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for public protection said:

“I am pleased with this result as the Suffolk Trading Standards team aim to protect consumers from the sale of counterfeit goods. Counterfeiting damages reputable companies and their good name.”

“If you plan to carry out criminal activity using social networks and other online platforms, be aware that you can be traced and once caught, you will face criminal penalties for your actions.”

A total of 490 items of clothing were seized including labels included Versace, Juicy Couture, Fred Perry, Lacoste, Ralph Lauren and Stone Island. Items seized included polo shirts, tracksuits, coats, jeans and t-shirts, sunglasses and trainers.

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