Imran Arab of Katherine Road, East Ham, London, 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 one of its luxury goods clients.
ARAB operated his criminal enterprise from a premises located above a shop at 90 Katherine Road, East Ham, London, E6. From the premises he sold a wide variety of counterfeit luxury goods including Michael Kors, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Kenzo, Philipp Plein and many others. No enforcement action was taken in relation to these brands at the request of the companies representatives. ARAB advertised his fake goods on Facebook and Instagram. He used WhatsApp to communicate with buyers using the app to trade in criminal wholesale and retail markets. Customers would attend his showroom to view items and buy them.
Between the 13th March 2018 and 8th June 2018, three covert test purchases of fake items were undertaken from ARAB by TM Eye undercover operatives from TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit, supported by the TM Eye surveillance team. Each test purchase was covertly visually recorded and formed the evidence leading to the conviction.
On the 4th July 2018, following the successful test purchases, a search warrant was executed by Police, Trading Standards Officers and TM Eye Detectives. A vast amount of counterfeit goods were discovered over two floors. One room was set up as a showroom, the others as storage. All the fake goods were seized. A mobile phone and lap top that ARAB carried out his online trade on were also secured. The court have authorised the forfeiture and destruction of all seized goods.