Southport Motor Plate Maker Andrew Shaw wrongly made £300k was spared 2 years in prison

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Single dad, Andrew Shaw, 39, started a company called The Platemaker from his address on Sunny Road in 2011 through which he sold car license plates over the internet.

Shaw printed 13,277 licence plates, but broke the rules by never checking customers’ identity and that they had a legitimate claim to use the plates.

Customers didn’t have to show any documents so anyone could get any plate they liked for whatever purpose, design it themselves and get them sent out the same day.

Mr Shaw denied fraud charges but was found guilty at trial of fraud and unauthorised use of a trademark after claiming he only gave a false address to stop people knocking on his door.

The judge jailed Shaw for two years, suspended for two years, ordered him to complete 300 hours unpaid work, made him the subject of a three-month curfew and banned him from driving for six months.

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