Seller of fake Justin Bieber, One Direction and JLS merchandise jailed

Samantha Loveday

By Samantha Loveday

August 22nd 2014 at 10:40AM
Seller of fake Justin Bieber, One Direction and JLS merchandise jailed

Fraudster admitted 13 breaches of trademark regulations.

A fraudster who was selling fake One Direction, Justin Bieber and JLS clothing on eBay has been jailed for 12 months.

The Ipswich Star reported that John Young (from near Beccles) was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court following a 16-month investigation by Suffolk County Council Trading Standards.

He admiited 13 breaches of trademark regulations between the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2013, as well as possessing a vinyl transfer machine for use in fraud.

Young also admitted three offences of making articles for use in fraud.

The prosecution claimed that the trademark offences related to goods worth £120,000, however Young only accepted they were worth £95,000.

"Suffolk Trading Standards is committed to keeping counterfeit goods off the streets, and this case should act as  stark warning to other rogue businesses and individuals selling through eBay or other online methods such as Facebook," said Nousha Meek, the senior trading standards officer who investigated the case.

To read the full story on the Ipswich Star, click on this link.