Mohammed Asif Maroofkhail, born 10 08 1989, appeared at St Albans Magistrates Court on the 21st November 2018, where he pleaded guilty three trade mark offences for selling counterfeit goods at Bovingdon market contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He was ordered to pay a fine of £360, £700 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge. A forfeiture and destruction order was granted by the court for all goods seized by TM Eye.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of one of its luxury goods clients
Maroofkhail operated a substantial stall at Bovingdon Market every Saturday selling fake goods from a wide variety of brands. Three covertly recorded test purchases were carried out between 31st March 2018 and 21st April 2018 by undercover operatives from TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit supported by the TM Eye Surveillance Team.
On the 28th of April police officers supported by TM Eye detectives attended Bovingdon market to get the identity of MaroofKhail. He initially gave a false identity. Police Officers together with TM Eye detectives returned on the 15th of September and obtained the correct details allowing the criminal summons to be served for three trade mark offences.