Magazine article Screen International

Three Men Sentenced to Combined 10 Years in Prison for Selling Fake DVDs

Magazine article Screen International

Three Men Sentenced to Combined 10 Years in Prison for Selling Fake DVDs

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Custodial sentences for leaders of a sophisticated counterfeit DVD business.

Three men were jailed yesterday (16 May) for a total of 10 years and seven months for selling fake DVDs following an investigation by Suffolk Trading Standards and FACT.

Frankie Ansell, of Grove Road, Beccles was jailed for 45 months and his cousin Lee Ansell, of Stonebow Close, Loughborough was jailed for 41 months. Howard Davey, of Esher House, Eastbourne, received a 41-month prison sentence.

Joseph Plant, of Heathcoat Street, Loughborough, received a 16-month sentence, suspended for two years, and was also ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid of unpaid work.

The four men ran a sophisticated counterfeit DVD business over a two-and-a-half-year period, selling over 31,000 DVDs, worth more than £500,000. The operation involved the use of fake identities and paperwork, as well as money laundering.

Suffolk Trading Standards began the investigation when they received a complaint from FACT concerning Frankie Ansell and the sale of counterfeit DVDs. …

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