An internet fraudster’s fake camera online shop has been shut down - and he must pay back more than £87,000 in illegal earnings.

Baveshgar Rameshgar’s home was raided by Slough Borough Council’s trading standards team after complaints were received from an angry Slough customer who had been taken in.

Investigators found that fake Canon camera equipment was being sold in counterfeit boxes, in an attempt to pass the items off as genuine articles.

A warrant was obtained to search Mr Rameshgar’s home in Hammond Road, Southall on January 13 where the fake goods were found and seized.

Batteries which were also confiscated during the raid were suspected of not complying with EU safety legislation.

The 35-year-old, who traded as KG Deal UK, admitted six counts under the Trade Mark Act 1994 of supplying counterfeit items, intending to sell another 666 pieces of camera equipment and possession of 92 pieces of counterfeit packaging for sale. All were purporting to be original Canon products.

Judge Edward Burgess QC, sitting at Reading Crown Court, ordered Mr Rameshgar to pay back £87,500 during a joint sentencing and Proceeds of Crime Act hearing.

Mr Rameshgar was also sentenced to a community order of 125 hours of unpaid work. He was ordered to pay a £5,000 contribution to prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Judge Burgess ordered for the counterfeit equipment to be destroyed.

Cllr Pavitar K. Mann, Slough cabinet member for planning and regulation, said counterfeiting is not a victimless crime.

She said: “Counterfeiting deprives legitimate traders not just of their profits, but deprives government and local authorities of tax, VAT and business rates and in many cases can fund organised crime."