Rogue trader made £16,000

An on-line trader who made more than £16,000 in just eight months by selling fake jewellery has been given community service.

Derbyshire County Council prosecuted Lorraine Thornley, of Rossendale, Cotmanhay, after a complaint that she was selling counterfeit Pandora jewellery on Amazon.

Trading standards officers test purchased items from the 51-year-old’s on-line shop Charms UK and found they were fake. A search of Thornley’s home found more than 100 fake bracelets and charms.

Invoices from Chinese wholesalers were discovered showing Thornley had bought the items for as little as £2.30 selling them for up to £23.

More than £16,000 had gone into Thornley’s accounts from jewellery sales from May 2011 to January 2012.

She was sentenced to 180 hours of unpaid community work at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday).

Cllr Kevin Parkinson, cabinet member for regeneration said: “The rewards may seem enticing, but it simply isn’t worth the risk selling goods which are not genuine.”

The council has now applied for a Proceeds of Crime hearing to recover the money Thornley made.