Bourn Market trader who tried to hide more than £2,000 in cash in his underpants is ordered to pay back the money
PUBLISHED: 12:01 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:01 01 March 2017
A market trader who tried to hide more than £2,000 in cash in his underpants when police searched him at Bourn Market has been ordered to pay back the money.
Neil Green, 50, of Garnet Street, Netherfield, Nottinghamshire was caught with over 320 items of counterfeit clothing on Bourn Market in May last year.
The fake clothes used registered trademarks of a variety of well-known and designer labels, including Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Ugg, Chanel and Nike.
Cambridge Magistrates granted a forfeiture order under the Proceeds of Crime Act last Thursday (23 February) following his prosecution by the Council’s Trading Standards Team.
Green was found guilty of money laundering and trademark offences.
When searched, officers discovered £2,351 in cash which he had tried to conceal in his underwear.
Aileen Andrews, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Trading Standards service manager, said: “We take counterfeiting very seriously. “Seized cash or other proceeds of crime can go directly back to victims by way of compensation, but in this case, we’ll receive a percentage of the cash seized under the Asset Recovery Incentivisation Scheme operated by the Home Office.
“We will use this money to continue to crack down on criminal activity which can have an impact on both consumers and legitimate local business within the county.”