Gary Didcote of Kings Meadow, Bourton on the Water, Cheltenham appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates Court on the 26th of November 2018 and pleaded guilty to three charges of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He was sentenced to a 12-month Community Order to include 80 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £929.52 costs and an £85 Victim surcharge. A forfeiture and destruction order was granted by the court for all goods seized by TM-eye.
Didcote sold fake goods on the online marketplace eBay using the name ‘Cotess 1’. Research revealed that Didcote had sold numerous fake items with a total revenue of £44,454.44. Three covert test purchases were made between the 17th May and 17th September by undercover operatives from TM Eye’s Deddicated Undercover Unit, supported by the TM Eye surveillance team. All purchases were covertly recorded and formed the evidence leading to the conviction.
Beata Brysiewizc, born 09 12 1980, appeared at North Somerset Magistrates court on the 9thJanuary 2018, where he pleaded guilty to three trademark offences for selling counterfeit goods on the online market place eBay. Brysiewizc was sentenced to a Community Order for 18 weeks with a curfew between 6pm and 6am. He was also ordered to pay £4850 in costs and an £85 victim surcharge. A forfeiture and destruction order was also granted by the court for all goods seized by TM Eye.
The investigation by the TM Eye Online Investigations Team had identified that in a 6-week period Beata Brysiewizc sold 1617 counterfeit items. Undercover operatives from the TM Eye Dedicated Undercover Unit performed three test purchases between the 17th of August and the 11th of September 2018, gathering evidence to bring the private criminal prosecution.
Daniel Bignell born 09 12 1980, appeared at North Somerset Magistrates court on the 9th January 2018, where he pleaded guilty to six offences contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994, for selling counterfeit goods on the online market place eBay.
The investigation was carried out by the TM Eye Online Investigations Unit supported by the Dedicated Undercover Unit and Surveillance Team. Financial investigations showed that during a 6-week period Daniel Bignell had sold 491 counterfeit items. The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of one of its luxury goods clients.