Pair in dock for fake boots

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A conman sold more than £100,000 of fake footwear from his home in Lancashire, using celebrity names to peddle his wares, a court has heard.

Shaun Morris, 29, flogged hundreds of pairs of counterfeit Ugg and Timberland boots as well as Nike and Puma trainers, imported from China to eBay customers across the country.

Using accounts registered to M Caine, J Malkovic and G Hunt - at fictitious addresses - Morris sold on the footwear with money being passed through bank and PayPal accounts registered to his mother, sister and sister’s boyfriend.

Richard Heller, prosecuting, told the jury Jane Morris, 26, and Celia Morris, 59, acted as ‘bankers’ for Morris’s fraudulent business, along with Jane’s then-boyfriend Andrew Quinn - who has since admitted his part in the operation.

Both women deny money laundering but Mr Heller said: “There is no doubt that Shaun Morris’ counterfeiting business was shrouded in deceit - his accounts were registered in false names with false addresses and he advertised products as being genuine when they were not, but that deceit was a necessary element of being able to successfully sell counterfeit goods.

“What Jane Morris and Celia Morris want you to believe is that like his duped customers who were being sold cheap knock-offs from China, they too were drawn into Shaun Morris’ web of deceit.”

The scam was uncovered when Trading Standard officers raided the home in Meadowlands, Charnock Richard where Shaun Morris lived with his mother Celia,

Officers discovered 76 pairs of Timberland boots, 53 pairs of Ugg boots, nine pairs of Puma trainers and nine pairs of Nike trainers as well as a small amount of clothing - some packaged and ready to be sent.

Samples were sent off to Nike, Puma, Ugg and Timberland and were confirmed to be fake.

Investigations with eBay and PayPal revealed Morris had been selling counterfeit goods using ten different accounts over an 18 month period.

Once sellers fees and commission had been deducted, the court heard the balance was processed through PayPal accounts held by Jane Morris, Celia Morris and Andrew Quinn.

Quinn, 28, of Leighton Street, South Shields, has pleaded guilty to entering into a money laundering agreement and converting criminal property.

Jane Morris, 26, of Park Mews, Roundhey, Leeds, denies money laundering, along with her mother Celia Morris, 59, of Meadowlands, Charnock Richard.

Jane accepts having allowed her brother to use her eBay and PayPal accounts and having transferred the proceeds to her mother’s bank account but claims she believed he was sellling legitimate items.

Celia admits accepting money into her bank account but said she was unaware her son was involved in any criminal activity.

Shaun Morris admits five counts unauthorised use of a registered trademark and three counts of converting criminal property.