Two women from County Durham have been ordered to pay more than £2,000 between them after selling fake designer shoes and bags online.
Natasha Adamson, 20, and Rio Dickinson, 19, from Ferryhill, appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court following a trading standards investigation into their online selling of fake items by Durham County Council.
Officers discovered several trademarked goods, including Nike, Paco Rabanne and Louis Vuitton, which were all seized during a search of their home on Carlton Street in December 2019.
And after both women pleaded guilty, Magistrates ordered them to pay costs.
Adamson was fined £120 for her part in the operation and ordered her to pay £250 costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
Dickinson was fined £280 and ordered to pay costs of £419.85 along with a £32 victim surcharge.
Cash totalling £1,131.38 had also previously been detained from the pair under the Proceeds of Crime Act, leaving them more than £2,200 worse off in total between them.
Owen Cleugh, Durham County Council’s public protection manager, said: "Trading in counterfeit goods is a serious criminal offence, which can result in imprisonment.
"It is important that people also understand that counterfeit goods such as cosmetics, electrical items and toys can present risks to public health and may not meet important safety standards.
"Trading in counterfeit goods has left these defendants more than £2,200 out of pocket between them. I hope this serves as a warning to anybody else who is tempted to become involved in this type of illegal behaviour."
Any residents with concerns about the sale of illegal goods in their neighbourhood should call the Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.
More information about the work of the council’s trading standards team can also be found on the council’s website www.durham.gov.uk/tradingstandards or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/durhamts