On 30 March 2013, TM Eye detectives served criminal summons on two men suspected of being involved in the large-scale sale of fake leather goods at Bovingdon Saturday Market.
Watford Magistrates Court issued the summonses. The two men are due to appear at court on 15 April 2013, for a series of Trademark offences, contrary to the Trademarks Act 1994.
TM Eye is bringing the prosecution by way of a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Jimmy Choo.
The prosecution follows a substantial pro-active operation to gather evidence of criminality.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said, ”This is another private prosecution brought by TM Eye in order to stamp down on the sale of fake goods that damage our clients brands. We will continue to ‘catch and convict’ those who sell fake Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Jimmy Choo products. Those who engage in this criminality will receive criminal convictions and may subsequently risk imprisonment.
TM Eye will also continue to tackle offending against our other clients, particularly those who sell counterfeit jewellery and watches.”
On 26 March 2013, Linda PETERS from Tottenham appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court for thirteen (13) offences contrary to The Trademarks Act 1994. She pleaded guilty to all matters. The court sentenced PETERS to £230.00 and £20.00 victims surcharge. The prosecution was brought by TM EYE by way of a private criminal prosecution on behalf of Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Jimmy Choo.
PETERS operated from Unit 412 at Camden Stables Market and was a prolific seller of fake leather goods from a large number of luxury brands.
The operation by TM EYE evidenced the large scale open sale of fake goods. Test purchases were made over a three month period. The evidence was presented to police and on 7th February 2013, TM EYE detectives supported by Camden police raided the stall. PETERS was served with a criminal summons for Trademark Offences. A large haul of counterfeit bags, suitcases, purses and belts was made from a number of brands.
TM EYE Director David McKELVEY said,”This is yet another example of how private industry can work in partnership with the police and trading standards to secure solid convictions in the criminal courts against those who choose to trade in fake goods. In this case PETERS ceased trading immediately after our raid.
TM EYE will continue to gather evidence to ‘catch and convict’ those engaged in damaging our clients brands. In this case the prosecution was brought by TM EYE on behalf of Mulberry, Louis Vuitton and Jimmy Choo. There was no cost to these clients.”