A man in Staffordshire has been sentenced to 14 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, after being found guilty of selling counterfeit golfing goods on eBay.
Steven Bowler was found guilty of one offence of fraudulent trading and nine offences of infringing the Trade Marks Act between June 2015 and June 2017.
Bowler was also ordered to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work as part of the sentence.
The investigation by Brand Fusion International Limited (which represents the ‘Super Stroke’ brand in the UK) and Staffordshire Trading Standards found Bowler buying counterfeit golf covers, club grips and T-shirts from China and selling them to customers worldwide as genuine on eBay.
Gill Heath, cabinet member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council said: “This sentence against Mr Bowler is a great outcome for Staffordshire Trading Standards and is entirely fitting for the offending by this individual.
“Counterfeiting costs legitimate businesses dearly and damages the economy, and the court has clearly taken these offences very seriously.
“This investigation is also an excellent example of partnership working in the fight against crime, which may subsequently lead to the recovery of assets obtained through criminality. We will always consider, where appropriate, applying for the confiscation of assets from criminals involved in such activity.”