A 32-year-old man from St Helens has admitted posessing counterfeit vodka.
Alan Bradley, of Princess Avenue, St Helens, bought the drink on behalf of Big Al`s Bar of 43-45 Duke Street, St Helens.
A fine of £200 was imposed with £1000 costs awarded. Mr Bradley`s personal alcohol licence was also suspended for a week.
This is the second prosecution taken by St Helens Trading Standards recently for substituted Smirnoff.