Doncaster man ordered to pay £35,000 for fake One Direction merchandise racket

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A Doncaster Ebay trader who went to prison for selling fake One Direction merchandise has been ordered to pay nearly £35,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

It follows a prosecution by Doncaster Council.

Adrian Lindley, 47, of Varsity Close, Lindholme had been running a successful internet business selling items of clothing on the Ebay auction site, when he was persuaded by one of his suppliers to take product lines bearing the names of popular music artists.

Unfortunately for him the names of the artists and groups had been registered as trademarks, and the clothing bearing the names and logos of One Direction, JLS, Justin Bieber and The Wanted were not authorised by the trademark holder.

An investigation by Doncaster Council’s trading standards team resulted in the seizure of more than 1,300 items of clothing, together with computer and business records.

Having pleaded guilty on 21 September 2012 to five charges of offences contrary to Section 92 of the Trademarks Act 1994, Lindley was sentenced to six months imprisonment.

Then on 19 August 2013 at Sheffield Crown Court before HHJ Keen, a confiscation order was made against Adrian Lindley in the sum of £34,680.05.

This money is split between the Home Office, The Courts Service and Doncaster Council, where the money can be used to fund further investigations.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “Zero tolerance on crime and anti-social behaviour is a top priority for Doncaster Council.

“We welcome this sentence and confiscation order which shows that crime does not pay.”