Mark Palmer of Abbey Street, London SE1, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on 2nd November 2018, charged with four (4) offences of posssessing and selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters. He was sentenced to a £400 fine and ordered to pay £300 costs and a £30 victims surcharge.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of a well known luxury brand.
The prosecution and conviction follows a two month covert operation by TM Eye detectives investigating the open sale of fake goods in the street market in Epping High Street, Essex. Palmer operated a large stall in the market selling a wide variety of well known counterfeit luxury leather goods, bags and purses from brands including Michael Kors, Chanel, D&G, MIU MIU and many others. No enforcement action was taken in relation to these brands at the request of the companies representatives.
Detectives from TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit, supported by the TM Eye surveillance team undertook test purchases from Palmer on 28th May 2018, 4th June 2018 and 2nd July 2018. Every test purchase was covertly recorded on film and supported the prosecution leading to the guilty plea and conviction. Palmer sold bags that would ordinarily cost in excess of £700 for £35 and £40.
Palmer also boasted that he sold fake fake bags on social media stating, “If you go on Instagram and put in Minty’s Bags you’ll see the other bags I’ve got”.
Palmer will now have his fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken by police and recorded on the Police National Computer and other police indices.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”Palmer brazenly sold fake bags in Epping Market very Monday. As a result our Dedicated Undercover Unit carried out a series of evidenced test purchases leading to the conviction. Should he reoffend he risks a custodial sentence.”