An eBay trader who sold fake designer clothes, pirated movies and games has been jailed for 18 months.
36-year-old Kane Goodman bought and sold counterfeit goods around the globe, including 800 fake football shirts which netted him more than £23,000. He also ripped off versions of products by designer labels including Tiffany and Chanel in an operation that went on for years until he was finally caught out by trading standards officers.
Goodman, from Pilning near Bristol, pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to 17 charges of selling counterfeit goods and possessing fake items for sale. Goodman also admitted one charge under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
South Gloucestershire Council’s trading standards department said yesterday that a further court hearing would be held under the Proceeds of Crime Act in October to consider making a confiscation order on Goodman’s profits.
Goodman’s home was raided in May 2008 and he was arrested. Large amounts of money fake clothing were discovered, along with copied games, film discs and computer equipment. The haul, which totaled 153 items, included fake football shirts, copies of designer clothing and 400 pirated DVDs were removed along with 757 pirated Nintendo and Playstation games.
After analysing his computers, police discovered Goodman had been running a business selling various types of counterfeit merchandise for several years, trading in the UK, Europe and the Far East. The court heard how Goodman had a contact in Thailand on whose behalf he sold copied football shirts by using his account on the eBay forum. His computer records showed 800 of the shirts were sold primarily in Europe, with a gross value of more than £23,000.
Goodman also imported fake goods from China, using multiple addresses in the Bristol area for deliveries and paying a singly Chinese company £4,434 for supplies over a period of just two months.
Goodman has become the first trader to be prosecuted by the council under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.