Man sold fake Adidas and Michael Kors clothes to pay for Christmas

A man attempted to make money for Christmas by selling fake Adidas and Michael Kors clothes on a social media page.

David Gospel, aged 36, formerly of Newtown but now of Brook Piece Walk, Birmingham, faced five charges of possessing goods with a false trademark for sale on October 27, 2016.

He appeared before Llandrindod Wells Magistrates Court earlier this week on Wednesday, and admitted all of the charges.

Magistrates placed Gospel on a 12-month community order, and ordered him to complete 15 rehabilitation days and 80 hours of unpaid work.

Mr Rob Brown, prosecuting, said that on October 27 police stopped a vehicle being driven by Gospel. During a search they found counterfeit currency and then executed a warrant at his home at Coed Y Bryn in Newtown, where they found a large amount of clothing, which they believed to be counterfeit.

The clothes included fake Adidas, Timberland, UGG, GHD appliances and Michael Kors brands.

Trading standards officers were called in and also believed the items were fake. After they were checked it was confirmed they were counterfeit.

In interview, Gospel said he had not bought the items from official licensed sellers but they were purchased in Manchester.

He said the clothes had been advertised on his Facebook page and he did it to make money for Christmas.

Probation Officer Victorian Baker said Gospel was very remorseful and did not intend for this to happen and added he feels he needs to think more about his actions.

Gareth Walters, defending, said Gospel has since moved back to Birmingham, is now in full-time employment and is in a stable relationship with a baby on the way.

He added that Gospel and his partner had decided to go to Manchester to buy some items to sell on Facebook and make money for the Christmas but had not known they were fakes period.

They went and bought the items and he was not aware that they were counterfeit. He had advertised them for sale on Facebook and Gospel was caught out only two weeks after posting the items on the site, added Mr Walters.

Gospel was also ordered to pay £500 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

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