Nessa Tome of Cricklade Avenue, Romford, Essex, RM3 8LA appeared at Barkingside Magistrates Court on the 26th April 2019 for four offences of selling counterfeit goods and possessing counterfeit goods for sale contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. She had previously pleaded guilty to all matters on 25th April 2019. She was sentenced to a 12 month Community Order with a requirement to do 100 hours Unpaid Work (concurrent on each count). She was also ordered to pay an £85 victim surcharge. A costs order of £2000 contribution from the defendant was made.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of one of its well known luxury goods clients.
Tome operated on FACEBOOK in the closed selling group ‘Things to buy and sell in Hainault, Chigwell or surrounding areas’. She sold large numbers of fake luxury goods on the site whilst storing them at her home address in Romford.
Detectives from the TM Eye Online Investigations Team identified Tome’s criminal activities and evidenced her site. Having done so a series of covert test purchases were made. Each was evidentially screen recorded. Detectives from TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit then attended the home address on the 22nd and 27th February 2019 and 15th March 2019 to collect the fake goods and make payment in person to Tome. Each test purchase was covertly filmed and formed the evidence leading to the prosecution and conviction.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”Tome operated a sophisticated criminal business from her home address selling fake goods online using FACEBOOK. Such criminality is widespread on social media and has had a significant impact on the UK economy and the companies involved. Those engaged in such crimes pay no tax. They trade on the misery of child and slave labour in Far East countries where factories churn out these fakes. The proceeds of such criminality end up in the hands of organised crime and terrorists. The true picture of the damage caused cannot be over stated”.