Peterborough company directors sentenced for selling counterfeit products online

Two Peterborough company directors have been convicted for selling counterfeit products. Malgorzata Kubat and Robert Kubat, of Gonia Truck Ltd, both pleaded guilty at Peterborough Crown Court on Thursday May 26 to fraudulent dealings under the Companies Act 2006.

An investigation revealed goods had been sold via the company’s website and eBay up to a value of £35,000. Items included seat covers, light boards, slippers, cushions and curtains, some of which were in the process of being made.

Both were sentenced to more than 100 hours of community service as well as a suspended custodial sentence. Items were also seized by trading standards officers from the company’s premises.

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Cllr Steve Allen, Deputy Chief and Member of the Communications, Culture and Communities Cabinet of Peterborough City Council, said: “The fight against counterfeiting is a serious issue, which has a direct economic impact on legitimate trade and consumer safety.

“This case should serve as a reminder that the Council will not hesitate to take swift action against any company seeking to break the law.”

Joanne Smith, Head of Consumer Protection for Trading Standards, said: “This case shows how seriously such activities are taken by Trading Standards, brand owners and the courts. People need to be aware that in buying counterfeit products in their various forms, you may be helping to fund criminal organizations and also have a detrimental effect on the livelihoods of local businesses and their employees.

“We will continue to work in partnership with other organizations to tackle such activity in Peterborough. Anyone wishing to report suspected trade standard counterfeit goods can do so by contacting our partner organisation, Citizens’ Advice Consumer Service. They will also offer support and advice via their helpline on 0808 223 1133 or online via www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer.

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