A mother and daughter from Darlington sold counterfeit Pandora charms for around £ 30,000 online after responding to an ad from China.
Laurissa Gibson and mum Teresa Moyle sold the counterfeit jewelry charms on the Etsy Charmingly Cheap account and the eBay harrytrotter1 account and took advantage of £ 15,000 between them.
The court heard how the couple responded to an ad from China and sent the counterfeit charms for sale in the UK.
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Following an investigation by TM EYE, it was discovered that £ 30,000 had been paid into the account of Moyle, 49, whom a forensic accountant discovered the couple made £ 15,000 in profit on the sales .
The exact quantity of Pandora charms sold by the Darlington pair between October 2019 and June 2020 was not known.
Eddison Flint, prosecuting, said: “The prosecution is not at all trying to say that this is a very sophisticated operation.
“They bought things in China and they pass them off as Pandora.”
Peterlee Magistrates’ Court heard that Gibson, 25, did not realize that trademark infringement was a “proper criminal offense” and would not have sold the charms if she had known.
Denise Jackman, attenuating for Gibson, said: “In the reviews, no one was complaining about what they were buying. It seems pretty clear that people have realized that they are not buying a Pandora charm.
“She didn’t realize she was doing something wrong.”
The court heard that Gibson, who earns £ 300 a week working in a factory, took in the three children of a family member and that the money from counterfeit sales was used to put a roof over their heads as well as food and clothing. them.
Ms Jackman said: “She was a hardworking young woman who was linked to this because it was an easy way to earn a small amount of money over a period of time. She never really thought about the consequences. . ”
“It’s important that people don’t break the trademarks. If you search for Pandora, hundreds of adverts will be returned to you.”
Magistrates heard that Gibson and the mother of five Moyle were previously of good character.
John Turner, for Moyle, pointed out that the mother, of Shakespeare Road, had a little gambling habit at the time of the offenses.
“With online gambling, £ 200 could be gone in a very short time,” he said.
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“The money made no difference in her lifestyle, what she did then went to her addiction.
“The shock and horror of having to appear in court took an impact on her. She will probably still be vulnerable to it, but she no longer plays.
“If the bailiffs called, they would have a hard time getting any money from his property.”
The couple found themselves before magistrates following a private lawsuit brought by TMI on behalf of Pandora and have pleaded guilty to numerous counts of selling products that are identical or likely to be mistaken for a registered trademark. .
Gibson, of Eggleston View, and Moyle have both received 12-month community ordinances where they must complete 10 days of rehab activity and 40 hours of unpaid labor, and pay a contribution fee of £ 5,000 plus a victim surcharge of £ 95.
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