Eastbourne man must pay back £59,000 or face jail time

A scammer caught with thousands of fake car accessories has to pay back more than £59,000 or face jail time.

Mark Tykva, of Wannock Lane, Eastbourne, was sentenced in January to 12 months probation and 200 hours of unpaid work after being found guilty of eight counts of trademark infringement.

The 37-year-old was convicted of having 4,569 fake car parts in his possession for sale. The equivalent retail value of the goods seized, if genuine, was more than £200,000.

At a crime proceeds hearing at Hove Crown Court on 1 December, Tykva was the subject of a confiscation order and ordered to repay a total of £59,499.05 over three months.

Any delay in payment will be punished with 15 months imprisonment.

At the order, Judge Mooney said Tykva sold counterfeit auto parts and lived a criminal lifestyle.

“Large transactions took place from his account after Trading Standards executed a warrant against his property and he hid the proceeds,” Justice Mooney said.

“This is classic money laundering.”

The case was originally brought to court by East Sussex County Council Trading Standards after a long-term investigation involving test buying of items sold over the internet.

Financial investigations following Tykva’s conviction allowed Trading Standards to use the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to attempt to recover any criminal advantage.

Andy Clooney, trading standards team manager at East Sussex County Council, said: “The sale of counterfeit goods harms legitimate sales and consumer confidence.

“The Proceeds of Penalty Act allows us to show the court not only the value of the crime convicted, but also consider the income and assets of the accused over a period of time.

“This confiscation order should send a clear message that we will do everything in our power to stop the sale of illegal goods in our county and take back the profits from these crimes.”

For consumer advice or to report a concern to Trading Standards, people can contact Citizens Advice’s consumer hotline on 0808 223 1133 or use their online reporting page which can be found at www.eastsussex.gov.uk.

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