A man has been spared jail for running a counterfeit operation selling UGG boots from the back of his corner shop.
Steven Potter, 40, was sentenced yesterday for offering to sell fake handbags, boots and gloves from the back of his Bargain Booze store on Albion Street, Castleford. His brother and sister-in-law, of Kettlethorpe, Wakefield, were also sentenced for their part in the con.
Prosecutors said Potter, of Leeds Road, Castleford, made around £1,400 from his “significant sideline” selling counterfeit goods before police raided the premises in December 2011.
Leeds Crown Court heard how Potter’s brother John and sister-in-law Dawn Potter helped in the scam by fielding calls about the availability of the stock.
The married couple, of Heeley Road, were at the shop when police seized 80 UGG handbags, nine pairs of UGG boots, nine pairs of UGG gloves, four Pandora bracelets and two Armani watches.
Steven Potter admitted six counts of offering to sell counterfeit goods. John and Dawn Potter also pleaded guilty to three counts of the same charge.
Steven Potter was handed a two-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to do 220 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 costs.
John Potter was ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work while his wife was given a 12-month conditional discharge.
Sentencing them, Judge Neil Clark said: “I accept this was a small operation but an aggravating feature is that you (Steven Potter) bought John and Dawn Potter into it.”