The 34-year-old appeared at Exeter Crown Court, where he pleaded guilty to six charges of selling and possessing counterfeit goods.

A Barnstaple man who sold fake DVDs, clothing and phone covers online has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Shaun Ryan, of Wool Barn Road, was sentenced to eight months in custody, suspended for two years after he pleaded guilty to six charges of selling and possessing counterfeit goods.

The 34-year-old appeared in Exeter Crown Court, where it was heard that Trading Standards officers discovered nearly 170 counterfeit items at Mr Ryan’s home.

Mr Ryan had imported more than 30 consignments from China and the United Sates before selling them on eBay.

Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service brought the case to court after a test purchase of a Game of Thrones box set from Mr Ryan’s eBay shop ‘ryanzenterprise’ was found to be fake.

As well the suspended custodial sentence, Mr Ryan was given a community order including 100 hours of unpaid work.

There will also be a financial investigation into the income he made from illegal activity.

Devon County Councillor Roger Croad, cabinet memer responsible for Devon and Somerset Trading Standards Service, said: “Selling counterfeit goods can seem to some like a victimless crime, but the reality is it causes immense damage to the legitimate manufacturers and retailers of genuine products, impacting on people’s jobs and livelihoods.

“It also had a detrimental effect on the country’s economy, both in terms of employment and tax revenue.

“We will not tolerate the sale of fake goods, and our Trading Standards team will continue to track down sellers both online and in person and take action to protect our legitimate businesses from unfair competition.

“I hope the sentence handed down by the judge will deter other people who may be involved in or are considering becoming involved in such illegal activities.”

If you have concerns about goods you have bought, or want advice about your rights, contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0345 4040506 or visit www.adviceguide.org.uk.

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