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Louise BEDFORD (date of birth 17 11 1977) of Gale Close, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 3QG, appeared at  Croydon Magistrates Court on 2 August 2016, charged with four (4) offences of selling counterfeit goods on FACEBOOK. She pleaded guilty to all matters and was sentenced to a £70 fine on each count, totalling £280.00 and was also ordered to pay £180 towards prosecution costs. A victims surcharge of £28 was also imposed.

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of MULBERRY and other clients.

 

BEDFORD operated on a FACEBOOK selling page ‘FOR SALE MITCHAM, ROSEHILL, MORDEN, CARSHALTON’. She offered a wide variety of fake designer goods for sale from various luxury brands. TM Eye’s Internet Investigations team undertook a series or covert test purchases from the site, all evidenced and recorded. Meetings were then arranged and fake goods collected directly from BEDFORD. All meetings were again covertly recorded.

 

On 2 February 2016, a TM Eye undercover operative purchased a fake MULBERRY bag for £25.00 and on 5 February 2016 another undercover operative purchased another MULBERRY bag for £20.00. BEDFORD advertised a number of MULBERRY goods for sale throughout April and then on 18 April 2016, a TM Eye undercover operative purchased further fake goods on behalf of other clients. These test purchases formed the evidence leading to the private criminal prosecution and convictions.

 

A criminal summons was applied for and served on BEDFORD on 26 July 2016.

 

BEDFORD has now ceased selling fake goods.

 

TM Eye director David Mckelvey said,”Bedford was one of many criminals who operate on FACEBOOK selling fake goods. They use the internet as their market place with a wide audience and customer base. They make large sums of money from such criminality. They operate outside of the law and do not pay tax. BEDFORD receives benefits from the public purse as well as supplementing her income through this criminality.

 

TM Eye will prosecute any person who chooses to sell fake goods that impact on our clients brands, whether in the markets, shops, warehouses or online.

 

TM Eye has convicted 35 persons for selling fake goods online in the past 12 months.

TM Eye have a 100% conviction rate and have prosecuted over 200 criminal cases.

All those convicted by TM Eye have their convictions recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC) and foreign criminal records databases as a result of an MOU with the ACRO.

All those convicted have their fingerprints, photographs and DNA taken and recorded as the result of local agreements with police.

 

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Neil GREEN (date of birth 01 08 1966) of Main Road, Nottingham, NG4 3HL, appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on 4 August 2016, charged with four 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 Community Order of 12 months to include 120 hours of unpaid work, RAR for 15 days and ordered to pay a victims surcharge of £60.00. He was also ordered to pay £1,500 towards prosecution costs.

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its former client DECKERS  EUROPE Ltd (UGG) and its client HUGO BOSS.

 

The conviction follows a 7-month covert undercover operation at KEMPTON PARK RACECOURSE MARKET and BOVINGDON MARKET. Covert test purchases were undertaken on  26 November 2015 of fake HUGO BOSS clothing, 27th February 2016 of fake UGG slippers, 5 March 2016 of fake UGG shoes and 2 May 2016 of fake HUGO BOSS clothing. All the purchases were evidenced on video and formed the evidence that supported the criminal case leading to the convictions.

 

GREEN ran a substantial stall at both markets selling a wide variety of fake goods including MICHAEL KORS, ARMANI, VARIOUS FAKE WATCH BRANDS and STONE ISLAND goods. No prosecutions were brought other than for the UGG and HUGO BOSS goods.

 

GREEN had been previously convicted by TM Eye on 29 July 2015, at Nottingham Magistrates Court of selling fake MULBERRY goods at North Weald market in Essex. He had stopped selling fake MULBERRY goods as a result and moved to other brands he believed were not protected by TM Eye. He continued to commit offences and was seen in charge of his stall and in possession of large sums of cash.

 

TM Eye Director David Mckelvey said,”GREEN is a prolific offender. He was caught by TM Eye last year and convicted. Despite that he continued to offend and simply moved to brands not protected by TM Eye. Unfortunately for him TM Eye had been employed on behalf of DECKERS to investigate several cases and by HUGO BOSS on a permanent basis. As a result he was evidenced selling fake goods at both Bovingdon and Kempton Park markets.

 

A criminal summons was served at Bovingdon market by TM Eye detectives on 9 July 2016, having failed to appear at Court. When TM Eye attended again with police to execute the warrant he ran off. He did however attend as required on 4 August 2016 and pleaded guilty to all matters.

 

TM Eye will continue to ‘catch and convict’ those who sell fake goods that impact on our clients brands in order to ‘prevent and deter’ offending.

 

DECKERS are no longer a client and no further private criminal prosecutions will be brought by TM Eye in relation to UGG goods”.

 

TM Eye have a 100% conviction rate and have prosecuted over 200 criminal cases.

 

All those convicted by TM Eye have their convictions recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC) and foreign criminal records databases as a result of an MOU with the ACRO.

 

All those convicted have their fingerprints, photographs and DNA taken and recorded as the result of local agreements with police.

 

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