AN Orford dad who shares his name with the ‘King’ of rock and roll has been collared for selling a stockpile of fake designer goods on Facebook.
Elvis Aaron Presley Brown, aged 32, of Lathom Avenue, used a Facebook group called the ‘Bill Boy Selling Page’ to flog knock-off clothes, trainers, and electronics.
Warrington Magistrates Court heard last Wednesday how Brown bought and sold fake versions of popular brands like Dr Dre ‘Beats’ headphones, and GHD straighteners, and clothes supposedly made by Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Stone Island.
He also peddled illegitimate versions of Nike, Converse and Vans trainers, clothes by Adidas and Superdry, and Mac make-up.
Malcolm Hope, prosecuting, said most serious were the dodgy loads of tobacco and cigarettes, sold under names like Regal, West, Golden Virginia, and Amber Leaf.
This was because the fake brands would not have been tested for safety.
Mr Hope said: ”What’s more disturbing is the tobacco which contains unknown health risks to those who consume it.
“There is a degree of professionalism as it was being run as a business.”
The moody merchandise was brought in from Manchester, the court heard, and sold online from the defendant’s home address.
Warrington Borough Council received complaints between November 2012 and January 2013, and an investigation was launched.
Brown was arrested in October last year, when 145 counterfeit items were recovered.
He told police he made around £100 a week from the operation, although phone evidence indicated orders for between £1,500 - £2,000 a month.
Brown pleaded guilty to 16 counts of possessing goods with a false trade mark for sale.
The court heard he had been ‘frank’ with investigators, admitting the offences from the outset, after he ‘saw a chance to make money’.
It was said those buying the goods knew them to be fake, and that Brown started the enterprise as he is a full time carer for his son, who has learning disabilities, as he is unable to go out to work.
Brown was given a conditional discharge for two years, and told to pay the £3,000 costs of Warrington Borough Council. He will pay the money back at £15 a week.