£24,000 payback for car boot sale priate DVD seller

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A HALIFAX man has been ordered to repay £24,000 after receiving a suspended prison sentence for flogging counterfeit DVDs at a car boot sale.

Tariq Mahmood, 38, of Thomas Street South, was caught in 2009 after a joint operation involving West Yorkshire Trading Standards officers and the police.

Bradford Crown Court heard in April that Mahmood had been selling counterfeit DVDs at a car boot sale in Leeds and police seized a large quantity of bootleg DVDs and copying equipment from his home.

The seizure included 120 images of film covers and software on his computer.

The father-of-four was said to have made around £40 a week at the boot sales. He pleaded guilty to seven offences contrary to the Trademarks Act and received a nine month sentence, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

Mahmood returned to Bradford Crown Court on Friday for a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act and it was agreed that he would repay £24,000 as part of a confiscation order.

A judge gave Mahmood six months to pay up and he was warned that failure to repay the money could result in him being sent to prison for 13 months.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall said: “Neither the public nor the offender realise the seriousness of this offence.

“There is a loss of revenue and jobs when legitimate film makers and artists are deprived of their income.”

West Yorkshire Trading Standards, prosecuting, made an application for confiscation of monies obtained by Mr Mahmood and a hearing was adjourned until September.

Judge Durham Hall added: “When you commit these offences the state will pursue all your assets, car, everything. That is all up for grabs according to the draconian purpose of the legislation.”