A COUPLE made hundreds of thousands from their ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ flat packed with stolen luxury make-up and perfumes they sold on eBay, a court heard.
About £350,000 went through the bank accounts of Dariusz Suski, 31, and Joanna Lazarska, 33, in just over a year.
When police raided their home in St Ronan’s Road, Southsea, they found more than 11,000 stolen Estee Lauder items, plus Clarins cosmetics and perfumes, worth £465,000.
They each deny conspiracy to handle stolen goods and two counts of conspiracy to transfer criminal property between November 2011 and April 2013.
Stephen Parish, prosecuting at Portsmouth Crown Court, said: ‘They ran a professional and dishonest business, we say, selling cosmetic products and perfumes, many of which were stolen, many from a company which you will have heard of called Estee Lauder and also another company called Clarins UK.
‘The amount of money involved, the crown say, is huge, something like £350,000 going through their bank accounts in just over a year.’
The court heard Andrew Hamlett, 32, and Ramszesz Harangozo, 35, sold stolen goods to the couple and the bank account of Harangozo’s girlfriend Judit Gevai, 29, was used for payments he received.
There is no suggestion that Hamlett, of Havelock Road Warsash, knew Harangoza or Gevai, of Ashville Road, London.
Hamlett and Harangozo each deny conspiracy to transfer criminal property.
Harangozo and Gevai each deny money laundering.
The court heard police acted after being alerted by bank officials who noticed a large amount of money flowing through Suski and Lazarska’s bank account which was ‘inconsistent with their apparent lifestyle.’
Inquiries revealed Suski was using two eBay accounts, one called Professor1313, on which cosmetics – mainly Estee Lauder – were being sold.
A test purchase was arranged by Estee Lauder but no link was found with any employee, which has an office and distribution centre at Kites Croft in Fareham and a manufacturing plant in Petersfield.
However stolen cosmetics were found on co-accused Andrew Hamlett when he was stopped during a random search at the Fareham centre on December 12 2012.
He was an agency worker there at the time and was dismissed the following day.
Then in January last year a further test purchase of expensive Creme De La Mer moisturiser was arranged by Estee Lauder, which owns the product, but this time the buyer asked if he could pay by cheque or postal order, which would require an address to be supplied.
The seller agreed and the transaction was made.
Further enquiries were carried out and three months later police raided Suski and Lazarska’s Southsea home where they found thousands of stolen goods.
Mr Parish said: ‘’The property might be described as an Aladdin’s Cave. There were thousands of items of cosmetics – the phrase stuffed to the gulls would not be an exaggeration.’
Estee Lauder and Clarins established the items were genuine and had been stolen from the firms.