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Lisa MATTHEWS of Ascot Gardens, Hornchurch, Essex, appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court on  24 August 2016, charged with four (4) offences of selling fake MULBERRY goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. She pleaded guilty to all matters and was sentenced to a £480.00 fine and ordered to pay £500.00 towards prosecution cots. She was also required to pay a £30.00 victims surcharge.

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its client MULBERRY. TM Eye has convicted over 107 criminals in the past two years for selling counterfeit MULBERRY goods.

 

The conviction is the result of a pro active covert operation by TM Eye detectives, targeting MATTHEWS selling fake luxury goods at Warren Farm car Boot sale, Whalebone Lane, Romford, Essex and Dunton car boot sale, Basildon, Essex.

 

MATTHEW’s operated a large stall at the car boot sales selling a selection of fake luxury goods from a wide variety of brands. The enforcement action was only taken on behalf of TM Eye’s client MULBERRY. Between 9 June 2016 and 3 July 2016, TM Eye undercover operatives purchased three fake MULBERRY bags from MATTHEWS. The evidence of these test purchases formed the prosecution evidence leading to the conviction.

 

MATTHEWS will now be required to attend a police station to have her fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken to be recorded on police databases. The conviction is now recorded on the Police National Computer.

 

TM Eye Director David Mckelvey said,”Matthews operated a stall at these car boot sales selling fake goods to the public. TM Eye took robust action on behalf of its client MULBERRY to prevent and deter further offending. Those criminals who commit criminal offences that impact our clients brands will be caught and convicted in the criminal courts.

 

We are aware that TM Eye’s enforcement activities are having a significant impact on the organised criminal gangs involved in this criminal trade. Criminals now avoid selling fake goods of brands TM Eye protects, choosing to target brands who do not take any, or very little action.

 

Selling fake goods is criminal offence for which a person on conviction can be sentenced to a prison sentence of up to ten (10) years. It seriously damages UK and European companies and brands that have taken years to build. There is a significant impact on the economy and rarely if ever do those criminal involved pay tax. IP crime is linked directly to Human Slavery, Human trafficking, organised crime and terrorism. Only enforcement of the law and putting the criminals involved before the courts has any impact on offending.

 

TM Eye has convicted over 220 criminals in over 200 private criminal prosecutions in the past two years.

 

All those convicted have their convictions recorded on the Police National Computer and have their fingerprints, photographs and DNA taken and placed on police databases.

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Kevin WILDERSPIN of Noakes Avenue, Chelmsford, Essex, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on 18 August 2016, charged with offences contrary to the Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight (8) weeks imprisonment.

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), representing Disney Enterprises Inc.

 

This is the third private criminal prosecution brought against WILDERSPIN by TM Eye for similar offences. Each time he has received a custodial sentence. On 8 December 2014, as the result of a TM Eye covert operation in Redbridge, he was convicted at Chelmsford Magistrates Court of selling copied films and received a ten (10) week prison sentence. Despite being caught and convicted by TM Eye in 2014, he  was caught re offending in 2015, as a result of a further covert TM Eye surveillance operation. He received an eight (8) week prison sentence at Redbridge Magistrates Court on 29 October 2015.

 

The recent conviction follows a further TM Eye investigation at Wanstead car boot sale, Redbridge where WILDERSPIN operated a large and very well stocked stall selling copied films. Most of the films were the latest titles, some had not even been released. His stall was always packed with customers buying the films for £2.00 each or 6 for £10.00. TM Eye undercover operatives purchased a number of the latest titles including ‘ZOOTOPIA’ by Disney Enterprises Inc.

 

Having failed to appear at Court and a warrant been issued WILDERSPIN continued to re offend and was evidenced every week at his stall selling copied films. He was subsequently arrested and appeared at court where he was sentenced.

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”Kevin WILDERSPIN is a prolific offender who ignores the law and commits offences despite having served significant prison sentences for these offences. Clearly the profits of his criminality draw him back to re offending.

 

The sale of copied film titles at markets, often those just released or on occasions some that have not yet even been released, is still a major problem. The numbers of customers surrounding stalls similar to, and including WILDERSPIN’s, shows that there is significant demand. Most older people still buy DVD’s in a hard format avoiding the internets criminal sites that offer downloads.

 

TM Eye will continue to work in partnership with FACT and the Film Industry to ‘catch and convict’ those who commit such offences. Sometimes only locking criminals up prevents offending.

 

The prison sentence reflects the seriousness of the offence and WILDERSPIN’s total disregard for the law and Court system.”

 

TM Eye Has prosecuted and convicted eighteen (18) criminals in the past 18 months for selling copied films. Most operate at car boot sales or from online social media sites such as FACEBOOK.

 

TM Eye has a 100% conviction rate in over 200 private criminal prosecutions.

All those convicted have their fingerprints, photographs and DNA taken by police and recorded on police databases.

All TM Eye convictions are recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC) as the result of an MOU with the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office (ACRO).

 

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