A COUNTERFEIT goods seller has been handed a suspended sentence after being caught trading 444 fake items including Gant and G Star jumpers.

David Richard Card, from Essex, was handed a six month sentence suspended for 12 months and 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to two offences relating to counterfeit clothing at Chester Crown Court.

The goods were supplied from a business address in Warrington when trading standards swooped n December 2012.

The 42-year-old was also ordered to pay costs of £5,069 plus £100 victim surcharge and will have to pay £41,189.40 under the Proceeds of Crime Act within six months.

Peter Astley, assistant director for regulation and public protection, said: “Counterfeit goods can have a damaging impact on honest traders and we are out to catch anyone connected in their supply.”

If you suspect someone is selling counterfeit goods call Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 08454 040506 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.