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Castle sold fake goods on FACEBOOK

Tanya Castle of Cherwell Grove, South Ockendon, RM15 6BD appeared at Barkingside Magistrates Court on 4 February 2019, charged with four offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to section 92 of The Trademarks act 1994. She pleaded guilty to all matters. She was sentenced to a £180.00 Fine and ordered to pay £500.00 Costs and a 30.00 Victim Surcharge. The court made a Forfeiture and Destruction order for all goods seized by TM Eye.

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients Hugo Boss and MULBERRY.

Tanya Castle had been a member of Facebook since February 2007 and advertised goods for sale using profile names including ‘Tanya Castle’, ‘Erin Peters’ and ‘Gifts for all the Family at Bargain Prices’ as well as a number of Group Selling pages. She advertised multiple fake items bearing brand names such as Stone Island, Moncler, Ugg, Nike, Mulberry, Chanel, Hugo Boss and Armani.

The TM Eye Online Investigations Team carried out a series of online test purchases from Castle, with goods being collected by a detective from the TM Eye Dedicated Undercover Unit, supported by the surveillance team. All purchases were filmed covertly and formed the evidence leading to the prosecution and conviction.

TM Eye Director David Mckelvey said,”TM Eye has successfully prosecuted another criminal operating on the FACEBOOK social media site. Castle operated a substantial criminal business making significant profits. She now risks going to prison should she re offend”.

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Sangar sold fake goods at Bovingdon Market in Hertfordshire

Ahmad Wali Sangar born 07/05/70 of 22 Tetherdown, London, N10 1NB, appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on 24 January 2019, charged with three offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters. He was sentenced to a 12 Month community order to include 80 Hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay £315.00 Costs and an £85.00 Victim surcharge. The court made a Forfeiture and destruction order.

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its client Jimmy Choo.

Between the 3rd November 2018 and 24thNovember 2018, three test purchases were conducted from Ahmad Wali Sangaron on three separate occasions from his substantial stall at Bovingdon Market.  All three of the purchases were covertly recorded and resulted in the prosecution and conviction.