ugg sandals sale uk Ferryhill mother set up Facebook page selling hundreds of counterfeit goods to give her kids a ‘decent Christmas’
Gill Proud, prosecuting on behalf of Durham County Council, said Darlington Trading Standards had received information regarding the selling of goods believed to be counterfeit.
As part of an investigation initial checks were made on Facebook of a page called Kim Wallace Dean Bank buy and sell, she said. Posts on that page showed pictures of items with prices listed in the comments.
When police searched Mrs Wallaces home on Bessemer Street, 140 suspected counterfeit items were recovered in boxes from the Manchester Clothing Company that had two separate addresses on.
The addresses were those of Wrights home, in Stocks Green, Newton Aycliffe, and Harrops home, in West View, Bishop Auckland.
Mrs Proud added: Goods were also being offered for sale on the personal Facebook page of Andrew Wright and there was evidence that it was linked to the Dean Bank buy and sell page.
When Mr Wrights house was searched, 42 items of counterfeit clothing were found and when Mrs Harrops property was searched, 30 pairs of counterfeit Nike trainers were seized along with 22 Ralph Lauren body warmers.
Ben Pegman, representing Harrop, said the 55 year old bought the trainers from a market to give to friends and family.
She claimed the box found in Wallaces house with her name on had originally contained a uniform ordered from the Manchester company, and she had simply reused it to pack kitchen items she later sold to Wallace.
Wallace, 40, who represented herself in court, pleaded guilty to a total of ten charges and said: Everything I had was for my family, I have six kids and grandchildren and I wanted to give them a decent Christmas for once. It was a one off.