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Prison sentence makes it an unhappy ending for dodgy DVD trader

A Walthamstow man is now serving a prison sentence after being caught trying to sell counterfeit DVDs of recent blockbuster films including Fifty Shades of Grey, Jurassic World, Paddington and Avengers: Age of Ultron.


Mr Jie Di Lin was caught by police officers after entering a shop in Chingford to sell his dodgy DVDs on 22 June 2015. The officers seized the stash of 165 DVDs that Mr Lin had on him at the time, and contacted Waltham Forest Council Trading Standards to conducta full criminal investigation under the Trade Marks Act 1994.


Mr Lin appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on Friday 4 September 2015, and pleaded guilty to all 13 offences he had been charged with. He was already on a suspended sentence for similar offences at the time of his arrest, which also had to be taken into account.


The Magistrates decided to activate Mr Lin’s suspended sentence in part, which was reduced to four weeks custodial (he was given credit for his guilty plea). However he was sentenced to an additional eight weeks for the 13 offences brought against him by Trading Standards. This brought his total custodial sentence up to 12 weeks.


“This case should serve as a wake-up call to anyone who thinks they can get away with selling counterfeit DVDs in Waltham Forest”, said Cllr Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment. “Given that this person had already been prosecuted for similar offences, we are pleased with the Magistrates decision to give a custodial sentence.”


“The sale of counterfeit goods is linked with organised crime, and is damaging to legitimate businesses. Dodgy DVDs like this are often incredibly poor quality, and people who buy them you have no consumer protection if they turn out to be faulty.”


For further advice and to report illegal DVD sellers contact Waltham Forest Trading Standards on 0208 496 3000 or email trading.standards@walthamforest.gov.uk.


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