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Nasir Khan appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on 26th October 2018, charged with six (6) 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 12 month Community Order to include 200 hours unpaid work and was also ordered to pay £750.00 costs, a £360.00 fine and £30.00 victims surcharge.

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of APPLE (BEATS) HUGO BOSS and another well known luxury goods brand.

 

 

The conviction is the latest in a series of convictions by TM Eye as part of Operation Mordor tackling the organised criminal gangs that operate in and around the area of Manchester known as ‘Counterfeit Street’. To date over eighty (80) criminals have been prosecuted 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 as part of Operation Mordor.

TM Eye undercover detectives supported by their surveillance team undertook covertly filmed test purchases from Khan on 9th May 2018, 29th May 2018 and 30th May 2018. Having gathered sufficient evidence, a criminal summons was then applied for, issued and served leading to the prosecution and conviction. Khan now has a criminal conviction recorded on the Police National Computer.

 

 

TM Eye has prosecuted over 400 criminal cases as a private prosecutor and has a 100% conviction rate. Over 13% of those convicted have received prison sentences.

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said, “Khan is the latest person to be convicted as a result of our covert Operation codenamed Mordor, tackling organised  crime in and around the Strangeways area of Manchester, known as ‘Counterfeit Street’.

 

Khan operated from a warehouse premises at the rear of Great Ducie Street, Manchester selling a wide variety of fake goods from a number of luxury goods brands. He had electrical goods, perfumes, jewellery, clothing, shoes, trainers, belts, handbags, purses and other leather goods from brands such as Michael Kors, Chanel, D&G, MIU MIU, Adidas, Nike, Ralph Lauren and many others. TM Eye’s took no enforcement action in relation to these brands.

 

TM Eye will continue to target those criminals who sell fake goods that damage our clients brands and will prosecute where evidence exists.”

 

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Irina Ruhmane of Green Street, London, E7 appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on 19th October, charged with three (3) offences of Supplying a Tobacco product which breached the provisions in Part 2 (labelling) of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 contrary to sc48(a)(1) of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016.

 

She pleaded guilty to all offences. She was sentenced to a fine of £40 for each offence totalling £120. She was also ordered to pay £330 costs and a £30 victims surcharge. There was no separate penalty for the Regulation 3 offences.

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its client Japanese Tobacco International (JTI).

 

Undercover operatives from TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit deployed on 2nd May 2018, 25th May 2018 and 13th June 2018. Each purchase was covertly recorded on film and formed the evidence leading to her conviction.

 

 

Ruhmane now has a criminal conviction and she will have her fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken by police and recorded on the Police National Computer alongside her conviction and on police intelligence databases