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5 December 2017Aylesbury Crown CourtThis case involved 13 offences contrary to the Trade Marks Act 1994 being in possession of items showing registered trademarks with a view to selling them. 120 items were confirmed as counterfeit products from 13 different brand holders. These were seized by trading standards. Sentenced to a 6 month custodial sentence suspended for 2 years concurrent on each count and 150 hours unpaid work concurrent on each count. £1,000 to be paid towards prosecution costs.

14 July 2017

17 November 2017 Confiscation proceedings

Aylesbury Crown CourtA director of a building business ran into financial difficulties but despite money problems, deposits and payments were received for work that would not be completed in accordance with agreed timescales or not at all in some instances contrary to the Fraud Act 2006 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.Sentenced to 22 months immediate custodial custody and disqualified from being a director of any company for 10 years. Available assets amounted to £50 to be paid in compensation within 3 months.

18 October 2016 Trial

23 October 2017 Confiscation proceedings

Guildford Crown Court Four roofers appeared at court to answer nine charges under the Fraud Act 2006 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in relation to participating in a fraudulent roofing business in Surrey and Hertfordshire. This work involved roofing work, block paving, gardening, kitchen and bathroom fitting and plastering. Victims of the fraud were mainly elderly and vulnerable.
  1. Sentenced to four years imprisonment half to be served in custody and half on licence. Available assets amounted to £213,180 to be paid within three months. The period of imprisonment in default of payment was set at 30 months which would run consecutively to the four year term.
  2. Sentenced to 21 months imprisonment half to be served in prison and half on licence. Found to have no realisable assets and therefore was made subject to a nominal order.
  3. Sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for two years, 180 hours of unpaid work in the next 12 months and subject to a curfew overnight with electronic tagging. Ordered to pay £45,000 as agreed available assets and was given three months to pay. In default of payment will be required to serve a custodial term of 18 months imprisonment.
  4. Cleared of participating in a fraudulent business.