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A Cambridgeshire toy seller has been handed a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay back thousands of pounds of illegally earned money after a proceeds of crime hearing.

Kwun Ho Chan, 28, of Wensleydale Street, Hartlepool, previously of Apthorpe Way, Cambridge, was given a six month prison sentence suspended for two years at Cambridge Crown Court on 16 January after pleaded guilty to 12 charges relating to counterfeit toys and 13 toy safety failure offences.

He also pleaded guilty to seven charges for failure of REACH regulations as these toys contained high levels of phthalates, two charges for easy access to button batteries, one for inadequate warning, one soft toy inappropriate for children under three, one toy contained excess quantities of tin and one toy with no product origin information.

Chan, Director of K & B Station Ltd, failed to work with several Port Authorities about unsafe or incorrectly labelled toys. The charges related to toys which included Disney’s Frozen, Secret Life of Pets, Despicable Me, Paw Patrol, Pokémon, Hello Kitty, Arsenal, Peppa Pig, Angry Birds and Big Hero 6. 

He was back in front of a judge at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday (October 15) in a case brought by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards Service under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

During the proceeds of crime hearing, Judge Lowe deemed that Chan had a criminal lifestyle and said his criminal benefit from selling dangerous toys was found to be at £450,590. The court found he had sufficient assets and ordered to repay £53,542 within three months or face a default 12 month-prison sentence.

It follows a lengthy investigation by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards which found Chan used so many trading names and accounts to hide behind online. Despite knowing the goods he was selling were fake and potentially dangerous, he did nothing to recall the goods he sold once he was presented with the evidence that they were unsafe.

In October 2016, the selling name ‘Kingbox Station’ was identified on e-Bay after a ‘Frozen’ doll was purchased and infringed copyright. A search was carried out at his home address and more than 5,000 of counterfeit and potentially unsafe toys were seized.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s Head of Trading Standards Peter Gell said: “Chan has been ordered to pay back more than £50,000 which is a significant confiscation order and sends out a clear message to others who think they can flout the law. His actions impact legitimate businesses who pay their taxes and work hard to ensure they are selling safe and legitimate toys.

“This hearing demonstrates how seriously we take this and we will continue to clamp down against those operating outside of the law and the regulations.”

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