Fake Frozen doll sales pair jailed after trading standards probe
A couple are beginning 10-month jail terms for peddling counterfeit goods, including fake Disney dolls, some of which were potentially toxic with chemical compound levels 2,000 times safety limits.
Lee Scully and Tracey Cockbill ignored Trading Standards warnings and switched to the Facebook Trade and Sell website when Amazon removed their selling rights, a judge heard.
The pair, who have three children between them, hawked fake Frozen and Cinderella dolls and Android TV boxes – claiming ‘Free Sky TV for ever’, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
Analysis of dolls they sold found the level of chemical phthalates, giving flexibility to plastics, was at least 20 per cent. It should not have had a concentration greater than 0.1t.
An Android charger failed safety checks.
Mr Mark Jackson, prosecuting on behalf of Sandwell Trading Standards, said: “They ran an internet business on a commercial scale.
"Through it they sold unsafe counterfeit dolls that were potentially toxic and electrical products that were also unsafe.”
Scully, aged 38 and Cockbill, 40, previously of Walsall Wood Road, Aldridge, but now, Prestatyn, each admitted eight offences involving breaches of copyright, trademark and safety rules.