TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,” TM Eye operation PREFIX targeting those criminals operating at Camden market and High Street has led to further criminal convictions. Over forty criminals have been convicted at Camden market and the surrounding area in the past 18 months. This has had a dramatic effect on the open sale of fake goods in the area.
It has also led to the arrest of a man for rape and a number of persons for Immigration matters.
The prosecution and conviction of those criminal traders is the only real sanction against the criminal gangs. Raids and seizures without prosecution simply result in traders becoming more aware and usually the gangs commence trading again within hours or days of any raid.
TM Eye has convicted almost 400 criminals involved in selling counterfeit goods in the past two years and has a 100% conviction rate. All those convicted have their convictions recorded on the Police National Computer and have their fingerprints, photographs and DNA taken.”
Kristine VAINERE from Sycamore Close, Tilbury, Essex appeared at Basildon Magistrates court on Monday 21 August 2017, charged with four (4) offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of the Trademarks Act 1994. She pleaded guilty to all matters and was sentenced to a Community order for 12 months with a requirement to undertake 100 hours of unpaid work. A Forfeiture and Destruction Order was imposed for all fake goods seized.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients.
The case follows a covert pro active operation by TM Eye’s Online Investigation Team investigating the sale of fake leather goods on GUMTREE. Undercover detectives attended her home address and purchased fake goods from VAINERE on 3 May 2017, 5 June 2017 and 30 June 2017. Each test purchase was covertly recorded and the evidence supported the prosecution and conviction.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”VAINERE operated an online criminal enterprise selling fake goods form a wide variety of luxury brands. Our online team gathered intelligence and through covert test purchases evidence of criminality. Our undercover team then carried out visits to her home address to collect the fake goods and filmed her selling the fake items.
TM Eye will robustly protect its clients intellectual property rights and those who sell fake goods that impact upon those clients brands will be prosecuted in the criminal courts.
Social Media and Auction Sites have in recent years become the principal market places for fake goods. TM Eye has a dedicated online investigations team targeting those who commit online crime.
TM Eye has convicted over 60 criminals selling fake goods online and successfully prosecuted nearly 400 criminal cases with a 100% conviction rate.
VAINERE will now have her fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken and the conviction recorded on the Police National Computer.