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Arfat Rauf CHAPPALWALI of Blackley New Road, Blackley, M9 appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on the 1st November 2018, charged with four offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters. He was sentenced to an electronically monitored four (4) week curfew between 7pm and 7am daily. He was also ordered to pay £175 costs and an £85 victims surcharge.


The investigation and private criminal prosecution was undertaken by TM Eye on behalf of its clients MULBERRY and another well known luxury goods brand.


CHAPPALWALI operated his criminal enterprise from a 1st floor unit in Sherborne Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester M8 8HP. From the premises he sold a wide variety of counterfeit luxury goods including Michael Kors, Chanel, Adidas, Nike, Ted Baker, Superdry, Rolex, Cartier and many others. No enforcement action was taken in relation to these brands at the request of the companies representatives.



The criminal premises were accessed from a court yard at the rear of Great Ducie Street. This was protected by guards and spotters to prevent access by law enforcement or TM Eye. The entire area would be locked down should the spotters suspect enforcement activity taking place. Often members of the public were locked into these dangerous buildings when the premises were secured to prevent entry by police.


Between the 10th April 2018 and 10th May 2018, TM EYE undercover investigators from its Dedicated Undercover Unit supported by the TM Eye Surveillance Team, posing as customers, purchased counterfeit Mulberry and other products on three separate occasions.


On all occasions the purchases were covertly recorded and Chappalwali was clearly identifiable from the relevant footage. The film led to the prosecution and conviction.


on 10th July 2018, TM Eye detectives with officers from Greater Manchester Police secured entry and obtained details of Chappawali and others involved in the sale of goods from the premises. The premises and its vast array of fake goods were photographed and filmed. These were presented to the court prior to sentence.


TM Eye director David McKelvey said,”This is yet another conviction secured during phase 3 of Operation Mordor. A further 13 individuals are due to appear at court in November and December to face criminal charges.


i would like to thank Greater Manchester Police for their assistance. Without their help the operation would not be possible and the convictions difficult.


TM Eye will continue to identify the criminals engaged in the open sale of fake goods in the area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’ and will robustly enforce the law by prosecuting those involved where evidence exists”.

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Natalie Green from Romford appeared at Barkingside Magistrates Court on 21st September 2018, charged with three offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. She pleaded guilty to all matters and was fined £276.00 and ordered to pay £1000.00 costs and a £30 victims surcharge.


The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its client Hugo Boss and another well known luxury goods brand.


The case follows a 3 month covert investigation by TM Eye’s Online Investigations Team. GREEN sold a variety of fake goods from her FACEBOOK site. Covert test purchases of counterfeit HUGO BOSS goods and other fake goods were carried out on 30th July 2018, 20th August 2018 and 3rd September 2018. GREEN was covertly filmed selling the fake goods to an undercover operative when the items were collected from her home.


GREEN will now have her fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken by police and the conviction recorded on the police National Computer. Should she re offend she will risk a custodial sentence.

TM Eye has prosecuted over 400 criminal cases as a private prosecutor and has a 100% conviction rate.