Man ordered to pay back £62,000 profit from counterfeit software business

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A man has been ordered to pay back more than £62,000 he made from selling pirate computer software.

Steven Chase ran a stall at Rothwell Sports Centre selling counterfeit disks including Nintendo, Adobe and Rosetta Stone language software.

At a hearing at Bradford Crown Court he was ordered to pay back £62,676 after an investigation by West Yorkshire Police’s Proceeds of Crime Team.

Chase pleaded guilty to 45 offences under the Trademarks Act 1994 and three offences of money laundering in January after a joint investigation by West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service and the police.

A quantity of counterfeit discs were seized from his stall at Rothwell Sports Centre and more were found during a house search.

Coun Andrew Pinnock, of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards Committee, said “This is another great result against an individual who was trading counterfeit goods and should serve as a warning to other traders dealing in counterfeit goods.

“West Yorkshire Trading Standards take a hard line on counterfeiters and actions under the Proceeds of Crime Act are just another way of underlining that”.

Chase was also ordered to pay £3,500 of court costs.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “West Yorkshire Police are committed to recovering the proceeds of crime from offenders and this is an example of how we can do this effectively working with partner agencies.”

Anyone with information about the sale of counterfeit goods should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.