Talib Hussain of Cardinal Street, Crumpsall, Manchester appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on 12th November 2018, charged with three offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters and was sentenced to 12 month Community Order to include an 8 week curfew from 8pm-8am and was also ordered to pay an £85 victims surcharge.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of one of its luxury goods clients
The conviction is the latest in a series of successful convictions secured by TM Eye as part of its Operation Mordor tackling the organised criminal gangs that operate in and around the area of Manchester known as ‘Counterfeit Street’. To date over eighty (82) criminals have been convicted for over four hundred (400) criminal offences by TM Eye by way of private criminal prosecutions for the wholesale supply and sale of fake goods.
Hussain operated from a large warehouse premises in Great Ducie Street in Strangeways, the area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’. From there he sold a wide variety of fake goods from numerous brands including Michael Kors, Chanel, Superdry, Adidas, Nike and many others. No enforcement action or prosecution was taken in relation to these brands at the request of their representatives. The premises were protected by ‘spotters’ and had guards at each entrance with key fobs to shut electronic steel shutters in seconds preventing access to police or TM Eye. The outside of the walls were covered in steel plate and razor wire.
Despite the security TM Eye undercover detectives supported by their surveillance team undertook covertly filmed test purchases of fake goods from Hussain on 10th April 2018, 9th May 2018 and 10th May 2018. Having gathered sufficient evidence, a criminal summons was then applied for, issued and served leading to the prosecution and conviction. Hussain now has a criminal conviction recorded on the Police National Computer.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said, “Hussein was the latest person to be convicted as a result of Phase Four of Operation Mordor taking the number of convictions secured by TM Eye in ‘Counterfeit Street’ to over 80. These convictions have in turn been used as evidence to secure Closure Orders by Manchester City Council and will be used in future to apply for Criminal Behaviour Orders by Greater Manchester Police. Operation Mordor is the best example of how industry and the statutory bodies can work in partnership to achieve real success. There is real motivation to change the Strangeways area into a place where people want to live and work. This can only be done by robust enforcement efforts and a reduction in crime and the criminals operating in the area.
TM Eye will continue its efforts with Greater Manchester Police to bring those involved in this organised crime to justice.
I would like to thank GMP, The North West Regional Crime Unit and the Intellectual Property Office Intellugence Hub for their support in bringing phase 4 to a successful conclusion. The last defendants will appear in coming weeks.”
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.