Market trader caught with fake goods

A 68 year old woman from Merton was ordered to pay back £30,000 after being caught selling counterfeit designer goods.

Linda Nicholls was found selling the designer goods at an indoor market after a visit from Merton Council’s trading standards team. A further visit to her home uncovered more counterfeit  Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, Chanel, Gucci, Links of London, Dolce and Gabanna and Pandora.

Ms Nicholls pleaded guilty to offences under section 92 of the Trade Marks Act 1994 which is the selling of fake products and was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court to a 12-month community order. She must complete 80 hours of unpaid work in that time. At a final hearing last month, she agreed to pay £21,900 plus £8,100 costs within 28 days or risk a 12 month prison sentence. She has now paid in full.

Cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking, Councillor Judy Saunders said: “We will not tolerate this criminal activity in Merton. Our Trading Standards team are looking out for people selling counterfeit goods and will take the necessary action when appropriate.”