09 February 2016

A Northamptonshire man who was jailed for breaching trade mark laws after selling counterfeit DVDs has repaid more than £66,000 to satisfy a confiscation order.

Keith Liggins, who lived in Milton Malsor at the time of the offences, sold thousands of pounds worth of DVDs through online auction site Ebay, while another 512 DVDs were seized at his home worth a further £5,500.

Prison sentence

Following an investigation by Northamptonshire County Council’s Trading Standards, Liggins was sentenced to two years in prison in December and has now paid a £66,032 confiscation order to the HM Courts and the Tribunals Service.

Liggins, 62, who had already received three warnings from FACT (the Federation Against Copyright Theft), was convicted of eight offences under the Trade Marks Act at Corby Magistrates’ Court on Friday 9 October.

Cllr André Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member for public protection, strategic infrastructure and economic growth, said: “Keith Liggins’s attempt to make money by selling counterfeit DVDs imported from China have earned him not only a two-year prison sentence but also a court order to repay £66,000 of his ill-gotten gains. This really does prove that crime doesn’t pay.

“Trading Standards will not hesitate to take action against anyone found to be selling fraudulent or counterfeit products.

“If you suspect someone may be selling counterfeit DVDs or other products, you can report it by phoning Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.”