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On Tuesday 17th April 2018, TM Eye’s detectives in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service raided a unit at Orbital Secure Storage in Argon Road, Chingford, London, E4. A vast amount of fake goods was recovered including watches, jewellery, leather goods, bags, purses, belts and over 60,000 badges and decals for a wide variety of luxury goods brands. The combined value of goods and loss to the various brands involved is estimated in excess of £5 million.

 

 

Whilst the raid was taking place TM Eye’s surveillance team and a number of their detectives identified five suspects at addresses across London and Essex and served criminal summons for Conspiracy to Sell Counterfeit Goods. The suspects appeared at St Albans Magistrates Court on Wednesday 25th April 2018, where they were remanded to the Crown Court for trial or sentence.

 

The case is being brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of a number of its luxury goods clients including; Mulberry, Jimmy Choo, Apple and another well known luxury goods brand.

 

TM Eye have been investigating this organised criminal network for several years. They are suspected of operating a number of stalls at Bovingdon market each Saturday, over many years, selling counterfeit goods. They also have shop premises in Walthamstow that operate daily allegedly selling fake electrical goods.

 

The vast number of badges and decals suggest that they ran a huge manufacturing operation taking unmarked bags and using the badges to produce fake goods.

 

     

 

The principal gang members used juveniles to sell goods on their stalls to avoid prosecution. Enquiries are being made to establish whether these youths had been trafficked into the UK and forced to operate the stalls.

 

The TM Eye operation codenamed Bilbo commenced 8 months ago and has involved surveillance and regular deployments of undercover investigators from TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit. Evidence and intelligence highlighted the sophisticated structure and criminal behaviour of the gang.

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”This was an outstanding piece of work and has resulted in the private criminal prosecution of some of the most prolific suspects operating at Bovingdon market in Hertfordshire. This will make a real impact on the open sale of counterfeit goods, particularly those brands that we protect.


We would like to thank the Metropolitan Police for their support and assistance in bringing this investigation to a successful conclusion, leading to the recovery of large numbers of fake goods”.

 

TM Eye has prosecuted over 400 criminals by way of private criminal prosecutions and has a 100% conviction rate. All those convicted have their fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken and placed on police databases.

 

 

                         

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Mohammed Feyz Ghorashi appeared at St Albans Magistrates Court on 11th April 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 a fine of £184 for each offence, totalling £552.00. He was also ordered to pay £2,358.76 towards the investigation costs and a £30 victims surcharge.

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of one of its luxury goods clients.

 

Ghorashi operated a large stall at Bovingdon market in Hertfordshire selling fake goods for brands including Michael Kors, Chanel, D&G, Miu Miu, Prada, Gucci and many others. These brands were not subject to any enforcement action by TM Eye.

 

TM Eye undercover detectives supported by their surveillance team undertook covertly filmed test purchases on 27 January 2018, 3 February 2018 and 10 February 2018. On 17 February 2018, TM Eye detectives attended the market with officers from Hertfordshire police and obtained the details of Ghorashi. A criminal summons was then applied for, issued and served leading to the prosecution and conviction. Ghorashi now has a criminal conviction recorded on the Police National Computer and will be required to attend a police station to have his fingerprints photograph and DNA taken for police indices.

 

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