Imran Arab of Katherine Road, East Ham, E6, appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on the 23rd November 2018, charged with two offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters. He received a 12 month community order to include 280 hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay £10,000.00 costs.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of a number of its luxury goods clients.
ARAB operated his criminal enterprise from a premises located above a shop, 90 Katherine Road, East Ham, E6 1EN. From the premises he sold a wide variety of counterfeit luxury goods including Michael Kore, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Kenzo, Philipp Plein, Nike, Adidas 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 via an alleyway at the rear of the shop.
Between the 13th March 2018 and 8th June 2018, three test purchases of items purporting to be Louis Vuitton were purchased from ARAB by TM Eye senior investigators. The items were advertised on Facebook and Instagram as well below the recommended retail selling prices. All of the items were subsequently examined and confirmed to be counterfeit.
On the 4th July 2018 following these covertly recorded test purchases, a joint raid was carried out under warrant on the premises by Police, Trading Standards Officers and Tm Eye Investigators. The warrant was applied for and executed by the Police.
A vast amount of counterfeit clothing and trainers were seized from the premises that were found in the room upstairs which had been converted into a display room for the clothing and the main bedroom in the opposite room.
ARAB now has a criminal conviction recorded on the Police National Computer.
TM Eye has prosecuted over 450 criminal cases as a private prosecutor and has a 100% conviction rate. Over 13% of those convicted have received prison sentences