December 7 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 11, 2013
A Diss mother-of-two will have to remortgage the family home after she was ordered to pay back more than £87,000 by a court.
As reported, Amanda Cosburn, of Sycamore Way, made nearly £90,000 from selling fake designer make-up on an online auction website by importing counterfeit designer brands.
Cosburn sold the counterfeit goods through Ebay using a business called Mandysbitsandbobs which was set up in April 2010.
The 40-year-old was caught in an investigation by Norfolk Trading Standards, and she appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday to hear an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
The court heard that Cosburn had benefited from her crimes to the tune of £89,191.26, but she was ordered to pay back just the money she has available, £87,657.84. If she does not pay it back within six months, she could be jailed for two years.
The court heard that Cosburn will have to remortgage the family home to pay off the amount. A forfeiture order for the cosmetics and the computer she used, subject to personal photographs and items being removed from it, was also made.
Earlier, Ian James, for Cosburn, argued that she should only have to pay back £64,000, which was the amount she had received, less the cost of postage and packaging, about £18,000, and money levied in fees by Paypal, about £7,000. But Recorder David Pugh ruled that she must pay back the higher figure.
In April, Cosburn was given an eight-week jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work. She had admitted six charges of selling and possessing counterfeit products of top beauty brands such as Bobbi Brown and Mac. She had been buying the items from a website in China and then selling them on Ebay.