Fake tobacco trader has £75,000 confiscated by court
A confiscation order for £75,000 has been made against a woman who was caught selling counterfeit tobacco.
Fiona McCabe, 49, was caught with the products at her stall at Blochairn Market, Glasgow, on 12 May 2013.
It followed a test purchase by officials from Glasgow City Council's trading standards unit, who later seized 255 items from the stall.
McCabe later admitted selling fake tobacco and was sentenced to a 260-hour community payback order.
The confiscation order was granted at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
Afterwards, Lindsey Miller, procurator fiscal for organised crime, said: "Illicit tobacco products of this type can also contain any number of substances of which the purchaser is unaware, making them even more hazardous to health than legally-purchased cigarettes.
"Fiona McCabe sought to line her pockets from this trade and today has had a confiscation order made for her entire estate.
"Should further assets be uncovered, we will seek to raise the order until she has repaid all of her illegal earnings."