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Men jailed for selling counterfeit Scania merchandise at Truckfest

Published to the CV Show website on
04/07/2011

Chris Tindall
Friday 24 June 2011 15:47

Two men selling counterfeit Scania clothing at Truckfest have been jailed for two months following a tip-off from the truck manufacturer.

Simon Hempsall, 39, and Jon Hempsall, 62, pleaded guilty to charges relating to use of the Scania trademark after they were discovered selling £18,000 worth of counterfeit clothing.

The truck manufacturer became concerned after the 2009 event that unsuspecting visitors were buying goods that were not official merchandise, so it tried to halt the practice in 2010.

Peterborough Crown Court heard that Trading Standards officers seized merchandise, including jackets, polo shirts, fleeces and caps, at the East of England Showground.

The prices being charged were equal to or in some cases higher than the equivalent genuine Scania items.

The men's company, Tamworth-based Workwear UK, has been fined £5,000 and they were ordered to pay £8,000 each within six months, or face a three-month prison sentence.

They were also ordered to pay costs of £3,000 to Peterborough City Council.

Councillor Peter Hiller says the level of sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime, adding: "It goes some way towards addressing the many people who have purchased what they believe to be genuine items from this pair, only to find they have been duped."

David Hickman, general manager – parts operations, at Scania says:

"We congratulate Trading Standards on securing this important conviction and trust that the severity of the sentences will deter others from dealing in counterfeit goods.  Counterfeiting not only infringes our copyright and costs us sales, but the money it raises could also be used to fund other illegal activities further on down the line. It is for this reason that we will continue to work with Trading Standards at events such as Truckfest to protect the Scania brand and ultimately our customers from counterfeit products.”

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