Arfat Rauf CHAPPALWALI of Blackley New Road, Blackley, M9 appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on the 1st November 2018, charged with four offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters. He was sentenced to an electronically monitored four (4) week curfew between 7pm and 7am daily. He was also ordered to pay £175 costs and an £85 victims surcharge.
The investigation and private criminal prosecution was undertaken by TM Eye on behalf of its clients MULBERRY and another well known luxury goods brand.
CHAPPALWALI operated his criminal enterprise from a 1st floor unit in Sherborne Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 8HP. From the premises he sold a wide variety of counterfeit luxury goods including Michael Kors, Chanel, Adidas, Nike, Ted Baker, Superdry, Rolex, Cartier and many others. No enforcement action was taken in relation to these brands at the request of the companies representatives.
The criminal premises were accessed from a court yard at the rear of Great Ducie Street. This was protected by guards and spotters to prevent access by law enforcement or TM Eye. The entire area would be locked down should the spotters suspect enforcement activity taking place. Often members of the public were locked into these dangerous buildings when the premises were secured to prevent entry by police.
Between the 10th April 2018 and 10th May 2018, TM EYE undercover investigators from its Dedicated Undercover Unit supported by the TM Eye Surveillance Team, posing as customers, purchased counterfeit Mulberry and other products on three separate occasions.
On all occasions the purchases were covertly recorded and Chappalwali was clearly identifiable from the relevant footage. The film led to the prosecution and conviction.
on 10th July 2018, TM Eye detectives with officers from Greater Manchester Police secured entry and obtained details of Chappawali and others involved in the sale of goods from the premises. The premises and its vast array of fake goods were photographed and filmed. These were presented to the court prior to sentence.
TM Eye director David McKelvey said,”This is yet another conviction secured during phase 3 of Operation Mordor. A further 13 individuals are due to appear at court in November and December to face criminal charges.
i would like to thank Greater Manchester Police for their assistance. Without their help the operation would not be possible and the convictions difficult.
TM Eye will continue to identify the criminals engaged in the open sale of fake goods in the area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’ and will robustly enforce the law by prosecuting those involved where evidence exists”.