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METIN OZLEN of Mark Mansions, Westville Road W12 appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court on Thursday 12 March 2013. He pleaded guilty to nine (9) Trademark Offences. He was sentenced to eight (8) weeks custody, suspended for 18 months and a community order consisting of 150 unpaid work over a period of 12 months

 

The court ordered the forfeiture and destruction of all branded items seized as a part of this investigation.Image 1The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution at no cost to the clients.

 

OZLEN ran two stalls within the market called ‘Copper Age’. Openly on sale and display were fake leather goods from a variety of luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Jimmy Choo.

 

TM Eye detectives gathered evidence of the criminality and on 20 February 2013, in a partnership operation with Camden police, TM Eye served OZLEN with a criminal summons for the offences identified. A substantial number of counterfeit goods were seized from the two stalls from a variety of luxury named brands.

 

TM Eye undertakes pro active enforcement activity for clients to catch and convict those engaged in damaging their brands and impacting on the Global and UK economy. Private criminal prosecutions are brought at no cost to clients.

 

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On Saturday 9 March 2013, TM Eye detectives working in partnership with Ealing Trading Standards and police raided a storage unit at Shurgard Self Storage, Cowgate Road, Southall.

 

Three men were arrested at the scene and a vast amount of fake goods,  valued at between £7-8million, including bags, purses, belts, scarves and leather goods were seized from a large storage unit and van parked nearby.

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The raid follows a three-month covert evidence gathering operation by TM Eye.

 

TM Eye detectives served the principal suspect with a criminal summons relating to the sale of counterfeit Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Jimmy Choo goods at Bovingdon and Wembley markets over a period of months. TM Eye is undertaking the private criminal prosecution at no cost to their clients.

 

The offences relating to goods recovered during the raid are the subject of further investigation by Ealing Trading Standards.

 

Two men received Adult Cautions for Trademark offences. The third man arrested, the principal, was interviewed and bailed.photo

Senior Trading Standards Officer Mohammed TARIQ said:

‘I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who was part of this Operation. credit goes to PS Fazal and his team at the Metropolitan Police Service for the assistance and contribution they provided to Ealing Trading Standards. Once again this is another typical example of excellent partnership work between The Metropolitan Police Service, Ealing Trading Standards and the copyright / trade mark holders (TM EYE). I would also like to say a big thank you to TM EYE for their excellent professionalism in the way they provided the evidence and intelligence to us on the evening of the Operation.’

 

 

TM Eye Director David McKELVEY said:

 

“We will continue to target those who sell counterfeit goods that impact on our clients intellectual property rights. We will ‘catch and convict those involved in the criminal courts”.