Posted November 07, 2018 10:13:56 The hearing aid doctor who admitted to using fake products at an auction house has been busted for allegedly using counterfeit hearing aids, the Federal Court has heard.
Key points:The hearing aid physician was caught by police after he used counterfeit hearing aid products at a hearingIn one of his auctions, the doctor allegedly sold a hearing aid that he said was made of rubber but was actually made of plasticThe court heard that the hearing aid manufacturer, a registered trademark holder, had a website, but no sales records.
Mr Daniel Jones pleaded guilty to one count of using counterfeit products at the Sydney auction house on November 4.
He admitted that he had made a fake hearing aid with the words “hearing Aid” in red letters and “Hearing Aid” on the inside of it.
“I knew it was fake,” Mr Jones told the court.
“But I was quite sure that I had bought it at a legitimate hearing aid auction.”
The hearing aids had an orange sticker on the back saying “HEARING AID,” and the fake hearing devices had a yellow sticker on them.
Mr Jones said he used a dummy hearing aid to demonstrate how to use the fake products.
The court was told that in one of the auctions, he sold a “healing hearing aid” for $7.20.
In another auction, he was told to pay $3.60 for a “talking hearing aid”.
He pleaded guilty, saying he did not understand the difference between the two.
“He’s trying to make a joke, that’s what I’m trying to do,” Mr James said.
“It’s a very serious offence.”
He said he was “furious” when he was confronted by the police.
“That was the first time I’ve ever had that sort of reaction,” he said.
A statement from the Hearing Aid Manufacturers Association said the hearing aids were “designed and manufactured by a trusted and recognised manufacturer in Australia.”
“The association was pleased to be able to assist the court in this matter,” the statement read.
“The Association welcomes the prosecution’s determination to bring an end to the practice of this kind of fraud.”
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