Tilbury councillor’s daughter snared by six-month fake goods investigation

THE daughter of a Tilbury councillor has pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit goods.

Whitney Allen of Russell Road, Tilbury, appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court on 12th November 2018, charged with seven offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994.

She pleaded guilty to all matters and was ordered to pay £200.00 costs, a £200.00 fine and a £30 victims surcharge.

Whitney Allen is the daughter of Tilbury St Chads Thurrock Independent councillor, John Allen. She is the daughter of Nicola Allen, who ‘starred” in a national UKIP party political broadcast in front of Tilbury police station, expressing her concerns about law and order.

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of Hugo Boss, Mulberry and another well known luxury goods client.

The case follows a six-month covert investigation by TM Eye’s Online Investigations Team. Allen sold a variety of fake goods using the social media site, Facebook and the selling page ‘Whit and Nics Designers’.

The site sold a wide variety of fake goods from numerous brands including; Michael Kors, Nike, Adidas, Armani, Chanel and many others. Covert test purchases of counterfeit goods were carried out between the 8th May and 22nd October 2018.

TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit supported by its surveillance team then carried out a series of test purchases at her home address.

Allen was covertly filmed selling the fake goods to an undercover operative on each occasion and this formed the evidence that led to the prosecution and conviction. Allen will now have her fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken by police and the conviction recorded on the Police National Computer. Should she reoffend she risks a custodial sentence.

TM Eye has prosecuted over 450 criminal cases as a private prosecutor and has a 100% conviction rate. 13% of those convicted receive custodial sentences.

Report courtesy of http://tm-eye.co.uk/latest-news/

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