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Conman jailed for 18 months

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06 July 2017

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A fraudster who sold vehicles with fake service histories and counterfeit car parts has been jailed for 18 months after a successful Enfield Council investigation.
 

•         Fraudster jailed for selling counterfeit car parts and vehicles with fake service histories
•         Enfield Council prosecution found hundreds of counterfeit items sold on online auction sites
•         Goods worth tens of thousands of pounds sold to unsuspecting customers
 
A fraudster who sold vehicles with fake service histories and counterfeit car parts has been jailed for 18 months after a successful Enfield Council investigation.
 
Antonis Antzouli, age 34, of Farndale Avenue, Palmers Green, pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the sale of counterfeit goods and three fraud related charges at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday 30 June.
 
He was sentenced to six months in prison for each of the counterfeit goods charges, to run concurrently, and 12 months in prison for each of the fraud charges, also to run concurrently. The sentences for the fraud and counterfeiting charges will run consecutively meaning he will serve 18 months in total.
 
The Court heard that Antzouli started trading in counterfeit goods in 2008, but in June 2015 was found to be selling and in possession of unauthorised trademarked goods on online auction sites from vehicle manufacturers including Peugeot, BMW, Renault, Volvo, Mini, Nissan, Audi, Porsche, Ford and Alfa Romeo.
 
He was also found to have forged the service histories of at least 18 vehicles to sell the cars for higher prices. It is believed he made around £79,500 from his various illegal activities.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “Customers have the right to expect to receive the goods they have paid for and not receive a poor quality counterfeit knock-off instead.
 
“We will not tolerate illegal activity in Enfield and we will take effective action to deal with traders who flout the law. Deceit as not an acceptable basis for a business model and I am pleased that the Court has reinforced that message by jailing Mr Antzouli for his misdemeanours.
 
“Building strong communities relies on us properly regulating businesses so they stick to the rules for the benefit of both consumers and other law abiding companies who are otherwise disadvantaged when others behave in a criminal manner.”
 
The Court also ordered the destruction of the counterfeit items and those Antzouli used to create false service histories.
 
Mr Antzouli is now subject to confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover money made from his illegal activities.