Conman ordered to repay nearly £500,000 after selling fake DVDs on eBay and Play

  |  Published: Apr 23rd 2015

A conman who sold pirated versions of Disney’s Little Mermaid and Mrs Brown’s Boys imported from China on websites such as eBay and Play has been ordered to repay almost £500,000.

Trevor Pegg was jailed for three years in January after being convicted on 13 counts – including importing and supplying counterfeit DVDs, running a fraudulent business and money laundering – the previous month.

It followed a prosecution brought by Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards against 61-year-old Mr Pegg, of Courtlands Drive, Epsom, who also peddled fake copies of crime series The Killing and Borgen.

On Thursday (15 April), Mr Pegg returned to Guildford Crown Court for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing to reclaim cash from his available assets, which include two mortgage-free homes.

After the court heard that Pegg had benefited to the tune of £593,000 from his criminal activity, Judge Robert Fraser issued a confiscation order demanding he pays back £495,000 within six months or face an extra three-and-a-half years in prison.

Of that sum, Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards is set to receive £185,000, which will be reinvested in protecting consumers. The rest will go to the Home Office.

Mandy Poole, Assistant Head of Trading Standards, said: 'Unfortunately, counterfeit goods are still available on the internet and this case highlights how scammers try to dupe unsuspecting internet shoppers out of their hard-earned cash.'

To report possible counterfeit purchases, call 03454 04 05 06.

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