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Man with 'Aladdin's cave' of counterfeit goods caught by Warrington Trading Standards
2:25pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
A COUNTERFEITER whose house was described as an ‘Aladdin’s cave’ of more than 40,000 counterfeit goods has been caught.
Bernard O’Toole, aged 72, of Princess Drive, Liverpool, was stopped by police at Burtonwood Services in December 2012 who found counterfeit goods and Warrington and Halton Trading Standards were called.
He was arrested and a search at his homes uncovered sewing machines, heat presses and more then 40,000 counterfeit items including badges, transfers and labels used in the manufacture of counterfeit clothing.
O’Toole was handed a six month prison sentence, suspended for two years, was ordered to complete 80 hours unpaid work over 12 months and pay an £80 victim surcharge.
Sentencing him the judge said: “This was not a victimless crime, in that it caused commercial damage to businesses and deceived consumers but although the circumstances of the offence had crossed the custodial boundary an immediate custodial sentence was not being imposed.”
O’Toole will now be dealt with in the new year under the Proceeds of Crime Act to ensure he does not benefit from his criminally obtained money.
Clr David Keane, executive board member for environment and public protection, said: “Counterfeiting on this scale represents serious criminality that impacts on the economic well-being of local businesses. The council’s public protection service is committed to tackling criminals that both manufacture and sell counterfeit goods and will take the necessary enforcement action against them.”
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