14 October 2016

A market trader who was jailed for selling fake DVDs and CDs will have £60,000 worth of assets seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Andrew Thornton, 33, of Ibsen Walk, Corby, Northants, was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment in May for his role in the manufacture, distribution and sale of counterfeit products from two stalls at a market in Hertfordshire.

It followed a three-year investigation involving Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire Trading Standards, which resulted in the seizure of nearly 27,000 DVDs and CDs.

Confiscation order

At a further court hearing on Monday 10th October, an order was made to confiscate assets from Thornton worth £60,000. The judge also reserved the right to recover up to £560,000 if he were to come into money in the future as a result of his fraudulent business tradings.

Thornton has three months to pay the full £60,000, otherwise he could face up to a further 12 months in prison.

Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for public protection, strategic infrastructure and economic growth Cllr André Gonzalez de Savage said: “I’m pleased to see the court take action to recover the proceeds of Thornton’s criminal practices and I hope this case will prove as a deterrent to anyone who may be tempted to trade in counterfeit goods and demonstrate that crime really doesn’t pay.

“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.”