Trader fined after fake designer jewellery seized

A counterfeit trader has been fined for selling fake designer jewellery after a raid by City of Edinburgh Council trading standards officers.

Olive Taylor, 40 years, from Kent, pled guilty to offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 when she appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on March 6.  This was Taylor's first offence, which was taken into account when she was fined £800. 

She was caught after Council trading standards officers visited the Antiques and Collectors Fair at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston in May 2011.

They seized over 900 items of jewellery which included fake versions of popular brand names such as Tiffany, Vivienne Westwood, Cartier, Links of London, Rolex and Juicy Couture.  During the operation officers also discovered several items of UGG, Louis Vuitton, and Marc Jacob fashion accessories.

All the fake goods seized, which included bracelets, necklaces, hair clips, watches, pairs of earrings and 130 other miscellaneous items, were forfeited to the Council for destruction.

It is estimated that genuine versions of the 15 different fake brand names would have retailed at a figure of around £120,000. The majority of these items were being sold for between £5 and £20.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader, said: "This seizure sends a clear message people selling counterfeit goods that our trading standards officers will not hesitate to take them to court.

"Buying counterfeit goods often helps fund organised crime and there is also a health risk attached as many of these items are made from cheap metals which can cause severe allergic reactions when they are worn.

"People often use the phrase 'it's too good to be true'. Well if you see something with a designer label and it looks like a bargain think twice before purchasing it.

"I would urge anyone who has any suspicions about fake goods to contact the Council or relevant consumer organisation."

Anyone wishing to report counterfeit goods being sold should contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506, or email trading.standards@edinburgh.gov.uk

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