JAIL FOR FLY-LINE FRAUDSTER
An ebay seller and a fly-line maker have been given jail sentences for selling counterfeit fly-lines. In a case brought by North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards, Ian Bailey, from Mickle Trafford, near Chester, and Northern Sport Fishing, from Bromsgrove, West Midlands and its director Richard Tramer were convicted of selling inferior mill-end fly-lines under the brand names Rio, Snowbee, Hardy, Greys and Loop. In statements to York Crown Court, Chris Hartley from Guide Flyfishing, distributor of Rio, and Russell Weston, managing director of Snowbee (UK) Ltd, outlined the damage to their brands’ reputations and profits. Snowbee estimate the fraud has cost them £70,000. Inquiries showed Bailey had a turnover in excess of £156,000 through his ebay accounts “Telewatcher”, “the line man” and “Hardyclassics”. Bailey was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment, Richard Tramer to seven months’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months and the company was fined £1,000.
Over 5,000 lines were found at the scammer’s address.