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Family shoe empire was based on fakes

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Court news

A mother and son who ran a counterfeit shoe empire from the family home in Charnock Richard have been ordered to pay back their gains.

Celia Morris, 60, and her son Shaun, 30, were convicted of trading in couterfeit goods and have both served prison sentences for trading in imitation Ugg boots and Puma and Adidas trainers.

Now the pair have been ordered to repay £68,500 at a Proceeds of Crime hearing at Preston Crown Court.

Morris sold thousands of imitation Ugg boots, Timberland boots, Nike and Puma trainers through 10 separate eBay accounts in celebrity names including John Malkovich.

His mother, Celia Morris, acted as a banker allowing cash to be transferred through her bank and PayPal accounts.

Preston Crown Court heard Shaun Morris made £56,000 from the operation while his mother Celia also benefited from £12,500.

Prosecuting, Richard Heller said: “A Trading Standards officer conducted a test purchase of a pair of Timberland boots. They were sent to Timberland who confirmed they were counterfeit. Further inquiries led to three search warrants being obtained at addresses linked to various eBay accounts. A quantity of counterfeit goods and two computers were seized.”

In a raid at the family home in Meadowlands, Charnock Richard, Trading Standards officers seized 76 pairs of Timberland boots, 53 pairs of Ugg boots, nine pairs of Nike trainers and nine pairs of Puma trainers.

Morris was a junior world champion trial motorcyclist, but an injury to his eye ended his career in 2007. Defending him, Edie Alastair, said after he was housebound after the accident and was looking for ways to occupy his time.

 

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