1828-RS-19 CARDIFF MAGISTRATES COURT

Jacqueline DAVIES of Heol Pillapall, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan appeared at Cardiff Magistrates Court on the 23rd May 2019, charged with four offences of selling counterfeit goods and possessing them for sale. She pleaded guilty to all matters. The court have required a financial circumstances enquiry to establish the profits made and assets of DAVIES prior to sentencing. DAVIES will appear again of the 10th June 2019 for sentence.

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of Pandora jewellery.

The prosecution and conviction follows a 9-month investigation by the TM Eye Online Investigations Team into a prolific Ebay seller using the name ‘bettieblue14’. A series of covert evidenced test purchases were made from the site which sold large quantities of fake Pandora jewellery items as genuine at a 50% discount.

The first test purchase took place on the 25th July 2018 of a charm advertised as “Genuine Pandora 1⁄2 PRICE SALE Poetic Blooms Dangle Charm”. This charm was advertised at the “Buy it Now” price of £16.99. The listing indicated that 8 of these charms were currently available and that 264 had previously been sold by the seller. A further posting by “bettieblue14” was also identified. This posting advertised a “Genuine Pandora 1⁄2 PRICE SALE Poetic Blooms Heart Charm”. This charm was advertised at the “Buy it Now” price of £18.99. Both charms were purchased at a total price of £35.98 with free Royal Mail 1st class postage. Both charms when examined were found to be counterfeit.

The seller’s details were provided as: JD Retail, Unit 2B Station Road, Cardiff, The Vale of Glamorgan CF64 3EP

On 5 February 2019, the TM Eye Online Investigation’s Team identified a listing for a charm advertised as “Poetic Blooms Dangle Charm”. This charm was advertised at the “Buy it Now” price of £16.99. The charm was being advertised for sale by “bettieblue14”. A further posting by “bettieblue14” was also identified advertising a “Genuine Pandora 1⁄2 PRICE SALE Magnolia Bloom Enamel Charm and Pandora GiftPouch”. This charm was advertised at the “Buy it Now” price of £18.99. The listing indicated that 6 of these charms were currently available and that 111 had previously been sold by the seller.

On 21 February 2019, the TM Eye Online Investigations Team identified a further listing for a charm advertised as “Genuine Pandora FORGET ME NOT SPACER CZ charm & Pandora Gift Pouch”. This charm was advertised at the “Buy it Now” price of £17.99. The charm was being advertised for sale by “bettieblue14”. A further posting by “bettieblue14” was also advertised a “Genuine Pandora Silver Mother Mom Mum Charm & Pandora Gift Pouch”. This charm was advertised at the “Buy it Now” price of £19.99. The listing indicated that 5 of these charms were currently available and that 153 had previously been sold by the seller. Both charms were purchased at a total price of £37.98.

The eBay site appeared to suggest that in the time “bettieblue14” has been a registered eBayseller, since 27 February 2014, a total of 435 sales relating to “Pandora” products had been sold by this individual for a combined total of £6,645.69. During the test purchase operation it was demonstrated that 104 items were displayed for sale at any one time for a total of £1,622.02.

Following an investigation Jacqueline DAVIES was identified as the seller using the account ‘bettieblue14’. A criminal summons was issued and served leading to her appearance at court. She will be sentenced on the 10th June 2019.


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2045-RS-19 CONVICTION BARKINGSIDE MAGISTRATES COURT

Lucy FRANZ sold fake goods on Facebook

Lucy FRANZ of Ashvale Drive, Upminster, Essex, RM 14, appeared at Barkingside Magistrates Court on 22nd May 2019, charged with four offences of selling and possessing counterfeit goods for sale contrary to section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. She pleaded guilty to all matters. She was sentenced to a £200 fine and was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £500. She was also required to pay a £30 victims surcharge.

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of one of its well known luxury goods clients.

Franz sold fake goods on a FACEBOOK selling page ‘Things for sale to buy or swap in Hainault, Chigwell or surrounding areas’. Between 12th February 2019 and 28th February 2019 TM Eye’s Online Investions Team carried out three test purchases. On each occasion an undercover detective from the Dedicated Undercover Unit attended the home address and collecetd the fake goods. On each occasion the collections were covertly recorded. This evidence led to the prosecution and conviction.

Franz now has a conviction recorded on the Police national computer (PNC) and will have her DNA, fingerprints and photograph taken by police.

2007-RS-19 CONVICTION BARKINGSIDE MAGISTRATES COURT

Natalie ACHILLEOUS (AKA WARD) of Ingreway, Harold Park, Romford, RM3, appeared at Barkingside Magistrates Court on 24th May 2019, charged with three offences of selling counterfeit goods and possessing counterfeit goods for sale contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1992. She pleaded guilty to all matters. She was sentenced to a fine of £999.00. She was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £2,520.50 and a Victims Surcharge of £90.00.


The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients MULBERRY and another well known luxury goods brand. ACHILLEOUS sold a wide variety of other fake goods impacting other brands but these were not subject to any enforcement action at the request of the companies involved.

TM Eye’s Online Investigations Team had carried out a four month investigation into a sophisticated online social media seller who used a series of false identities to mask her criminality. Using the the local community selling group in the Romford area of Essex she advertised, Mulberry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, North Face, Kenzo, Moncler, UGG, Alexander McQueen, CP company and other high valued luxury branded counterfeit items using a Facebook profile in the name of ‘Natalie Brook’ along with Instagram pages and a website called lookgoodboutique.com: https://lookgoodboutiqueuk.com/?fbclid=IwAR0bp5TpATyOKgvXeIooTUaDNklAfCgW2pWdF3ujDOPTgNvquocJI9inuuo. She also used the messaging service WhatsApp to send out and advertise all the items she has for sale and provided her WhatsApp contact number for customers. 

As well as Facebook, she used Instagram to sell fake goods using a page called Lookgoodboutique which had over 19,000 subscribers. 

Between the 4th December 2018 and 22nd March 2019, three test purchases of items purporting to be Louis Vuitton and Mulberry were arranged and received by recorded delivery. All test purchases were covertly recorded and formed the evidence that led to the prosecution and conviction.

TM Eye Director David Mckelvey said, “ACHILLEOUS operated a sophisticated online criminal enterprise across a variety of social media sites selling large numbers of counterfeit goods. This would have been a highly profitable criminal activity.

TM Eye’s Online Investigations Team supported by the Dedicated Undercover Unit and Surveillance Team carried out a series of covert purchases and enquiries to identify the true identity of ACHILLEOUS who used various pseudonyms. Once identified TM Eye prosecuted her. She now has a concviction recorded on the Police National Computer and will have her fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken by police.

Should she re offend she risks an immediate custodial sentence.”