Autodata says it has bought another bogus vendor of its products to justice.
The company has applauded the conviction of a Mario Langton by Staffordshire Magistrates Court for infringing the Trademarks Act 1994.
Autodata says Langton would post as a legitimate tools salesman and approach workshops to sell out of date Autodata products.
A number of garages reported Langton to Autodata, which then worked alongside the Police and Trading Standards to get a conviction.
Autodata says it receives regular reports from its customers and the public, reporting counterfeit products.
Chief Executive of the company Rod Williams said: “Repairs carried out using counterfeit information can be dangerous, which is why we are targeting not only the sellers but also those who purchase and use counterfeit software in their workshops.
“Our advice is to never purchase counterfeit software. Anybody found to be using fake technical information hold themselves open to being dealt with in the same way as illegal sellers.”