DVD PIRATE HOOKED OVER A FISHY GAME; EXCLUSIVE.
Byline: By BILLY PATERSON
AN American CD pirate swapped hundreds of knock-off computer games for nets full of crabs and lobsters from Scots fishermen.
When Trading Standards officers caught up with George Clark, they recovered fake discs with a street value of pounds 115,000.
Clark, 61, set up his stall at Troon harbour in Ayrshire, hoping to cash in from the sale of DVDs, mp3 players and computer games. But trawlermen at the port proposed the bizarre barter barter: see exchange.
Direct exchange of goods or services without the use of money or any other intervening medium of exchange. Barter is conducted either according to established rates of exchange or by bargaining. system.
Following a tip-off, police and Trading Standards set up a surveillance operation. Aspokesman for South Ayrshire South Ayrshire (Siorrachd Inbhir Àir a Deas in Gaelic) is one of 32 council areas of Scotland, covering the southern part of Ayrshire. It borders onto East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway. Trading Standards office said: "When we searched his car, we found the boot full of lobsters and crabs as well as the counterfeit goods."
"A week later, we obtained a warrant to search his home in Seamill, along with North Ayrshire North Ayrshire (Sìorrachd Inbhir Air a Tuath in Gaelic) is one of 32 unitary council areas in Scotland. The mainland portion of it lies in the traditional county of Ayrshire, and borders onto the areas of Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East Ayrshire, and South Ayrshire. Trading Standards officers. We recovered hundreds more of these items."
At Ayr Sheriff Court last week, Clark was fined pounds 3000 after he admitted offering to supply 380 fake discs containing movies and games at Troon harbour on February 3, 2006.
He also admitted applying a false trade description at his home in Seamill, to 553 discs containing music and console games.
Barter deal: Fake discs dealer George Clark