Fake phones would cost £41k if genuine

A stash of counterfeit phones seized from Adam Moyles in Trading Stadards probe
A stash of counterfeit phones seized from Adam Moyles in Trading Stadards probe
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A man was caught with a haul of nearly 100 fake Samsung mobile phones imported into Lancashire from China.

Sean Moyles, 24, was stopped by police in Preston over an unrelated incident but during a search of his 09 plate Mercedes officers found two transit containers in the boot.

The consignments, which had Moyles’ name on them, were found to contain 92 counterfeit mobile phones which had been sent to him at an address in east Lancashire.

Prosecuting for Lancashire Trading Standards, Nick McNamara told Preston Magistrates’ Court if genuine, the phones would have retailed for £41,000.

He added: “He was on his way from Lancashire back up to Scotland when he was stopped on May 13 last year.

“He gave ‘no comment’ responses in interview.

“A check on a retailers website shows the genuine Samsung S5 typically retails for around £419.”

Defending, Scott Parker said Moyles, of Fernieside Garden, Edinburgh, had no previous convictions but had two shoplifting cautions.

He added: “The defendant and some of his family had chipped in £3,000 to £4,000 to buy the phones and his share was 10 to 15 phones. He intended to sell them for up to £100.

“They are quite obvious fakes, it’s obvious they are no of the quality of the genuine products.

“He would never have been able to sell them as genuine.

“The cost if they were genuine products may have been £41,000 but he would never have made that.”

Moyles admitted possessing items with a false trademark.

The bench sentenced him to 100 hours of unpaid work, £516 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.