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OAP who sold fake Viagra to pay back thousands of pounds

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A pensioner who set up a shop in the back of his van selling duty-free booze, cigarettes and fake Viagra must pay back thousands of pounds.

Trevor Rees, 68, of Brownhill Crescent, Kinsley, was ordered to pay back £28,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act at Leeds Crown Court last month.

He has six months to pay back the money or he will be jailed for 14 months.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said a percentage of the money paid back by Rees would be kept by the force and used to invest in local communities.

Rees pleaded guilty to four counts of fraudulent evasion of duty, one count of selling counterfeit cigarettes and one count of selling medicinal products without the appropriate authorisation at a court hearing in February.

At Leeds Crown Court, in May, he was given a 10 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete 120 hours unpaid work.

The court heard at that time that police and officers from Revenue and Customs searched Rees’ home and van on January 15, 2012. Large quantities of cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol and counterfeit Viagra – called Tiagra – were found.

Rees also stored items at his son’s house, which he said was because he lived on a main road and it was easier for deliveries to be dropped off.

In total, 39,200 cigarettes, almost a kilogramme of tobacco, 145 litres of wine and 91 litres of spirits, were found. Of the cigarettes, 11,600 were falsely branded and counterfeit. The cost of duty evaded came to £10,960.56.

The court heard that Rees received deliveries three times a week from a supplier in South Yorkshire. Texts were found on his mobile phone from customers ordering the items and Rees admitted to police he knew that excise duty had not been paid on the goods.

 

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