ugg collection Deal businessman Patrick Morris sold counterfeit Dolce and Gabbana
Businessman Patrick Morris offered his on line customers bit of magic but what he delivered wasn heaven scent.
The fraudster claimed he could provide genuine Dolce and Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Versace or Chanel No.5 fragrances at knock down prices.
Morris sold fake Dolce and Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Versace fragrances on the internet. Stock picture
The 65 year old who promised his customers only buy where we get an assurance that the items are genuine also conned them into buying other counterfeit goods including Bose headphones. The fragrances bore identical trademarks to the genuine items. Morris pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud after a customer Mrs Angela Phillips paid for three fragrances in 2012.
they arrived at her home they were clearly counterfeit and weren genuine Dolce and Gabbana, Calvin Klein or Versace fragrances,” she added.
In June 2012, Trading Standards paid for Bose headphones from the on line company and sent them to Bose to check if they were genuine.
headphones’ finish and texture were poor and they were clearly counterfeit the prosecutor said.
On another website, Morris sold counterfeit Raybans and Ugg boots. Stock picture
A month later TS staff bought a bottle of Chanel No.5 from Morris company.
That too was fake and smelled nothing like the real fragrance.
In November, officials from Trading Standards swooped on the businessman home and were met by his godson James Cumming, who has also admitted being part of the conspiracy.
Officers then seized an order which Morris had made to a Chinese company for 230 mixed perfumes and paid just which was just each.
But the sentence was adjourned when lawyers for Morris rejected a prosecution claim he had pocketed nearly from his fraud in just 11 months.
The case was heard at Canterbury Crown Court
Ms Guest said that Morris company had at least 5,500 customers who believed they were buying genuine goods.