A conman has been jailed for three years for swindling unsuspecting shoppers out of £600,000 by selling knock-off versions of Disney’s Little Mermaid and Mrs Brown’s Boys imported from China.
Trevor Pegg was found guilty of 13 counts – including importing and supplying counterfeit DVDs, running a fraudulent business and money laundering – at Guildford Crown Court last month after a prosecution brought by Surrey County Council’s Trading Standards and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).
As well as peddling pirated versions of the popular Disney shows 61-year-old Pegg, of Courtlands Drive, Epsom, sold dodgy copies of the crime series The Killing on websites such as eBay and Play.
Sentencing Pegg yesterday (15 January), His Honour Judge Robert Fraser said that “dealing counterfeit goods has significant consequences”.
Surrey County Council’s Trading Standards Investigations and Enforcement Manager Steve Playle said: “Pegg spent three years deceiving customers by selling cheap, fake copies of children’s shows and poor quality versions of police dramas and now he’s found out that crime really doesn’t pay.”
Kieron Sharp, Director General, FACT, said: “The sale of counterfeit DVDs on online market places presents considerable risks to consumers and the creative industries alike. This is a significant result arising from extensive and exemplary partnership work between Surrey Trading Standards, Border Force and FACT, and Mr Pegg’s sentencing demonstrates that these are serious offences which carry severe penalties.”
To report possible counterfeit purchases, call Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06.