Detectives who raided a Dundee woman’s home after a tip-off discovered counterfeit designer goods worth thousands of pounds stacked high in several rooms.
The officers found hundreds of fake versions of big-name designer goods, including Stella McCartney bags, Hugo Boss T-shirts and Ralph Lauren jackets.
Susan Reid was found with nearly £7,500 in cash, casually stored in tubs around the modest property in the Downfield area of the city, on November 30 2018.
She told the officers she was making up to £1,000 a week selling the goods as genuine and her illicit trade had an annual turnover of nearly £200,000.
Dundee Sheriff Court was told the value of the genuine goods would have been considerably higher as Reid was still selling her marked-up stock at well below its retail price.
She had counterfeit “stock” piled up around her home, including dozens of Nike trainers, Chanel and Michael Kors bags.
Dozens of Ugg slippers and more than 40 North Face and Superdry hoodies were recovered, along with 50 Ralph Lauren coats, T-shirts and jumpers.
Reid, 44, of Lauderdale Avenue, admitted distributing a variety of counterfeit goods from her home between December 1 2017 and November 30 2018.
The court heard Reid, who is married with children, was unemployed but was not bothering to claim benefits as she was making so much selling dodgy goods.
Depute fiscal Stewart Duncan gave the court a written narrative which said: “Using the accused’s figures for the year covered by the charge, she purchased goods for around £150,000 and would have sold them for in the region of £180,000.”
The court was told Reid, who has a previous fraud conviction, was taking a weekly delivery of fake gear which she would mark up by £5 to £10 per item. That would make her between £800 and £1,000 a week.
Sheriff Richard MacFarlane told Reid: “You have pled guilty to a significant and serious charge. You have not previously served a custodial sentence and that is something that’s in my mind.”
Sentence on Reid was deferred for reports and her bail was continued.