Neil Green, 50, of Garnet Street, Netherfield, Nottinghamshire was caught with over 320 items of counterfeit clothing on Bourn Market in May last year. The fake clothes used registered trademarks of a variety of well-known and designer labels, including Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Ugg, Chanel and Nike.

When searched, officers discovered £2,351 in cash which he had tried to conceal in his underwear. The Council's Trading Standards Officer with powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) was able to seize the cash and make the case for a money laundering conviction for "˜concealing criminal property'.

The Council's Trading Standards Team supported by Cambridgeshire Police caught Green during an enforcement operation which is part of a crackdown on the sale of counterfeit goods in the county.

He pleaded guilty to 11 offences under the Trade Marks Act and one under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Cambridge Magistrates on 30 January. The court heard Green already has three previous convictions for Trade Marks Act offences dating back to May 2014.

Magistrates handed down a six week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered him to complete a community order of 180 hours unpaid work. In addition magistrates imposed a £115 victim surcharge and a £2,000 costs order.

Cambridgeshire County Council's Trading Standards Service Manager Aileen Andrews, said: "We take counterfeiting very seriously. Green has a track record of dealing with counterfeit goods and on this occasion was also found with tags, inserts and stickers to label Ugg boots. We won't tolerate this in our county "“ it takes business away for genuine and hard working traders who pay their taxes."

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