Fraudster must pay back £10k

A Cotmanhay fraudster who sold fake jewellery online must pay back more than £10,000 or face 12 months in jail.

Lorraine Thornley, of Rossendale, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday (May 13) under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The 51-year-old last appeared in March when she was sentenced to 180 hours of unpaid community work for selling off items she bought from China for as little as £2.30 as Pandora jewellery for prices up to £23.

The court heard that Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers had test purchased items from her online shop Charms UK. A search of her home uncovered more than 100 counterfeit items.

Enquiries revealed that her sales during the eight months that she traded to January 2012, amounted to over £16,000. After fees were paid, £10,771 was shown to have been deposited into her accounts.

She was given six months to pay back the money.