Cyflwynwyd: Dydd Gwener 27th Ebrill 2012
An Aberdare man has been prosecuted and his counterfeit “stock” ordered to be destroyed following a successful prosecution by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Trading Standards department.
The case to deal with counterfeit stickers and wall “decals” being sold via Ebay is further proof of the proactive work of the team to protect consumers not only in Rhondda Cynon Taf, but also those who may have purchased the items from across the world.
Investigations began in June 2010 when Trading Standards officers received a complaint regarding the sale of counterfeit stickers and wall decals by Byron Carl Wagstaff.
Officers bought one of the stickers, a 2ft high Liverpool FC wall sticker from “me2ugraphics”, the account 46-year-old Byron Wagstaff used, and tests showed it was indeed counterfeit.
As a result,Byron Wagstaff’s home in Gladstone Street, Aberdare, was searched during which two computers, a plotter printer, packaging material and a staggering 832 stickers and decals were seized.
Byron Wagstaff was charged with five offences under the 1994 Trade Marks Act, which he admitted when the case was heard at Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court on March 30. He was ordered to complete 80 hour’s community service and pay £500 towards costs. All items that were seized were made subject to a forfeiture and destruction order.
David Jones, Head of Community Protection at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “Hundreds, if not thousands, of residents in Rhondda Cynon Taf use Ebay and we work closely with such global corporations to ensure their customers, our residents, are protected.
“Cases such as this show the scale and range within which we work – from town centre market stalls and sales made from the front rooms of homes to international auction websites.
“It is important for us to continue to take positive and proactive action against those who not only harm consumers by offering counterfeit goods for sale, but who also endanger the livelihoods of those traders who work hard to operate legally and responsibly.”
Find out more about the work of Trading Standards and how to report suspicious activity on the Trading Standards webpages