A counterfeit-battery seller from Daventry who traded on eBay has been given a four-month suspended sentence following an investigation by Northamptonshire County Council’s trading standards team.
On Tuesday December 10 at Northampton Crown Court, Jason Lindley, 41, of Jubilee Road, Daventry was sentenced to four-months imprisonment (suspended for two years) and ordered to carry out 120 hours of community work.
At an earlier hearing, he had pleaded guilty to three offences of selling/possessing for sale batteries bearing the trade mark Canon contrary to the Trade Marks Act 1994. A similar offence relating to Nikon batteries was also taken into consideration.
Lindley had been selling the batteries on eBay from 2008 until January 2013 when trading standards seized counterfeit batteries and packaging from his home. This followed test purchases made during 2012 in which his eBay adverts described the batteries as genuine.
A financial investigation is now being conducted by trading standards to determine whether Lindley will have to pay back the proceeds of his offending.
County council cabinet member for public protection, strategic infrastructure and economic growth Cllr Andre Gonzalez de Savage said: “The sale of counterfeit goods can attract a jail term of up to ten years and damages the business of reputable manufacturers and retailers.
“The safety of counterfeit products cannot be guaranteed and consumers should avoid buying them. Anyone with information about such activities or any other rogue trading can inform trading standards by contacting the Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 040506”