A woman from Harlow, Essex was today served with criminal summons in relation to the sale of fake goods on her Facebook site. The case is being brought, at no cost to clients, by ™ EYE as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of PANDORA, THOMAS SABO, LINKS OF LONDON, MULBERRY, LOUIS VUITTON and JIMMY CHOO.
The accused will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 15 October 2013 for Trademark Act offences.
™ EYE Director David McKelvey said,”This case follows a lengthy investigation by ™ EYE of a suspect selling fake goods on a Facebook site. The lady has been summonsed to attend court for Trademark offences as a result of her activity. ™ EYE will target all those who infringe our clients brands whether it is on auction sites such as EBay and Amazon or in this case on Facebook. We will prosecute anyone in the criminal courts involved in this criminality”.
On 4 October 2013, a market trader from BEXLEY, ADEM BALCI, appeared at Havering Magistrates Court charged with eight (8) criminal matters contrary to The Tradesmark Act 1994, for the possession and sale of counterfeit goods at Dagenham Maket on 9 June 2013, 16 June 2013 and 7 July 2013. He pleaded guilty to all 8 matters and was sentenced to 12 weeks custody suspended for 18 months, a Community Order consisting of 100 hours unpaid work and an £80 Victim Surcharge. BALCI had previous convictions for similar offences in 2008 and 2011.
Another man signed a formal cease and desist notice at court. All charges against him were dropped.
The case was brought by TM EYE as a private criminal prosecution at no cost to their clients MULBERRY, LOUIS VUITTON and JIMMY CHOO.
TM EYE Director David McKelvey said,”Mr BALCI was targeted by TM EYE as he openly sold fake goods that damaged our clients brands. He operated at Dagenham market each Sunday. Test purchases were undertaken and evidence gathered. We then identified him and compiled an evidential case upon which the convictions were based. We were supported throughout by Barking and Dagenham Trading Standards. The market operators CHARFLEETS were fully supportive as members of the REAL DEAL campaign and immediately banned BALCI from the market.
This was an excellent result and the court have sent out a very strong message to those who engage in the sale of fake goods that they can expect custodial sentences for such crimes.”