A dodgy DVD tycoon has been busted by an undercover investigation which discovered his "criminal empire".
Sonu Gupta raked in profits of more than £23,000 from selling DVD boxsets to people across west London, including global hits Breaking Bad, True Detective, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones.
He was caught out after selling DVDs to undercover officers via Gumtree.
After pleading guilty, the 30-year-old, from Borehamwood, saw his business come tumbling down when Harrow Crown Court handed him a fine of more than £7,500.
He was charged and sentenced with a six month suspended prison sentence and 100 hours community service on November 8.
Among his eight offences were contravention of trademark law and money laundering.
The net first began to close on Gupta when Brent and Harrow Trading Standards officers bought a knock-off Breaking Bad boxset from his Gumtree account.
Officers went undercover to meet Gupta in a car park, where he handed over the illegal discs.
That was all they needed to sanction a raid on the pirate’s home, where they found a further 99 DVD boxsets ready to be dispatched to unsuspecting consumers.
In an attempt to cover his tracks, Gupta even dragged his own father into his criminal enterprise, by laundering profits through his bank account.
Councillor Graham Henson, portfolio holder for environment, crime and community safety, said: "Mr Gupta thought he was above the law, but the law caught up with him and it wasn’t a happy ending.
"Not only did he run a sham business selling dodgy DVDs, but he tried to hide his illegal profits.
"And for this criminal venture he received a hefty fine thanks to the detective work of our trading standards officers."
Cllr Henson added: "We take this type of crime seriously and will always take the necessary actions needed to fine and prosecute those who think they can operate like this.”
The judge also made a confiscation order of £15,809.95, and Gupta has three months to pay the total.
He was ordered to pay the full costs of £7,621.20 within 3 months.
Councillor Tom Miller, Brent Council cabinet member for stronger communities, said: "The prosecution of Mr Gupta shows how seriously councils across west London take this kind of criminal activity.
"Crimes like these are not restricted to a single area.
"That’s why Brent Council continues to work closely with our neighbouring boroughs and local police to ensure those responsible are brought to justice."
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