Mansfield man who sold fake designer clothes hit with £14,000 fine

09-2027-2''Mansfield Rax Trading Standards Raid
09-2027-2''Mansfield Rax Trading Standards Raid

A MANSFIELD man who sold fake designer clothes at his town centre shop has been handed a £14,000 penalty.

A court has ruled that David Butler (43) must pay the money from the proceeds of selling the counterfeit goods.

Last year he was convicted of selling fake T-shirts, jumpers, jeans and underwear at Rax Clothing.

The White Hart Street shop has since closed.

Butler was handed a six month suspended jail sentence and 200 hours’ community service after an investigation by Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards.

Now Butler, of Chesterfield Road South, has also been ordered to repay £14,000 following a Proceeds of Crime investigation by Trading Standards.

At the Proceeds of Crime hearing at Nottingham Crown Court, Butler was told that he has six months to pay or faces being sent to prison for six months.

The money Butler repays will be split between the courts and Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards to fund future criminal investigations, including anti-counterfeiting operations.

Trading Standards officers had seized 562 suspected fake items from Butler’s shop and vehicle in August 2009 after test purchases at the shop were found to be counterfeit. All but a handful of the items seized were found to be fakes.

The couterfeit goods included All Saints T-shirts, Lyle and Scott jumpers, G Star jeans and Calvin Klein underwear.

Coun Mick Murphy, cabinet member for community safety, said: “The sale of counterfeit goods misleads the public and costs law-abiding retailers and manufacturers millions of pounds every year - costs which are ultimately passed on to all of us. Many fake goods are also of a severely inferior quality.

“Our Trading Standards team is increasingly using powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act to hit criminals where it really hurts, in the pocket.

“This should send a clear message to other traders from Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards that crime doesn’t pay and we will come down hard on anyone we discover selling counterfeit goods.”

The council urges residents to contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506 if they suspect anyone of selling counterfeit goods.