Portsmouth rogue trader sent to prison

SEIZED Part of the haul of fake goods seized from Michael Reeder by Portsmouth City Council
SEIZED Part of the haul of fake goods seized from Michael Reeder by Portsmouth City Council
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A PROLIFIC trader of fake electronic goods has been jailed for two and a half years.

Michael Reeder, 35, of Carbis Close in Port Solent, was sentenced today at Portsmouth Crown Court after being convicted of 13 offences following an 18-month investigation.

Reeder had been dealing in counterfeit products – including imitation items of Sennheiser and several other consumer electronics brands – through a series of websites since 2010.

More than 4,000 counterfeit items, worth a total of £250,000, were seized at his property by Portsmouth Trading Standards.

They had been bought from China.

Customers had complained to the council, Sennheiser and Monster about items bought from Reeder’s Odds and Pods website.

They noticed mistakes on packaging and technical faults, including buzzing and poor quality sound.

Peter Emmett, trading standards manager at Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘This has been the most complex and difficult investigation ever undertaken by our team, producing more than 2,000 pages of evidence.

‘We are very satisfied that Mr Reeder has been convicted for his criminal behaviour and we’ll now be asking the court to order refunds for customers who gave statements about the fakes they purchased and who were never given their money back.’

Peter May, sales and marketing director at Sennheiser UK, said: ‘Counterfeiting is something we take extremely seriously because it hurts unwitting and innocent consumers.

‘We’ve worked closely with Portsmouth Trading Standards for some time on this case because we knew just how significant a counterfeit trader Mr Reeder was – at one point we estimated that almost 80 per cent of all the complaints we received were due to the fake products he was selling illegally under our brand name.’