JLS, Olly Murs, One Direction and Justin Bieber fake merchandise fraudster John Young ordered to pay back £60,000 by court

One of the 1D jackets sold by John Young

One of the 1D jackets sold by John Young - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk internet fraudster who sold fake JLS, Justin Bieber, Olly Murs, and One Direction clothing has been ordered to repay £60,000.

John Young was jailed for 12 months at Ipswich Crown Court in August, but has now been made subject of a confiscation order to claw back money he made from his crime.

The 53-year-old duped fans when selling the branded merchandise he had altered himself through eBay.

At his confiscation hearing Young, of Sotterley Road, Hulver, near Beccles, was told he must pay back £59,983.69.

He was given six months to hand the money over or face a further 20 months in prison in default.


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Young was caught following a 16-month investigation by Suffolk’s trading standards officers.

At his plea hearing he admitted 13 breaches of trademark regulations between 2009 and 2013 and possessing a vinyl transfer machine for use in fraud.

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He also admitted three offences of making articles for use in fraud and asked for an offence relating to the sale of number plates without the necessary identity checks being made to be taken into consideration.

Young had even said had he researched the sale of counterfeit goods on the internet.

Although the prosecution claimed the trademark offences related to goods worth £120,000, Young only accepted they were worth £95,000 and although his gross sales from selling number plates were £75,000 his profit was only between £7,000-£10,000.

Young purchased cheap items of clothing and used a heat transfer machine to apply trademarks.

Before the recession Young, who had no previous convictions, had run a signs business.

His family was then hit by several health problems and he had tried to help out his son after he was made redundant.

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