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Trader jailed over fake designer clothes
10:50am Saturday 2nd June 2012 in Oxford
The owner of a pop-up shop which sold fake designer clothes has been jailed for a year.
Matthew Croxson set up Labels 4 Less in the former Borders bookstore in Magdalen Street, Oxford, before it became a Tesco.
The 42-year-old was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court yesterday.
He was convicted after a trial in April of seven trademark offences in relation to fake G-Star, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Ed Hardy and Ecko Unltd T-shirts and tops. At the time, Judge Anthony King said: “This was a substantial matter and is going to be treated out of the league of the usual market trader passing off goods that aren’t properly trademarked.”
Shop manager Matthew Brooks, 38, from Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, was cleared of eight charges after jurors could not reach verdicts.
Trading standards officers raided the store in April 2010 after a counterfeit item was discovered in a test purchase.
Prosecutor Tim Boswell said: “It sounds too good to be true. It turns out it was too good to be true. The items were found to be counterfeit.”
Croxson, from Southend-on-Sea, was declared bankrupt last year.
A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing to recover funds will be heard this summer.