Adam Akbar Khan LODHI of Shirley Road, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M8, appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on 4th October 2018, charged with four (4) offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters. He was sentenced to a 12 month Conditional Discharge and ordered to pay a £70 victims surcharge. The court ordered that all counterfeit goods in his possession be destroyed.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of HUGO BOSS and another well known luxury goods brand.
The conviction is the latest in a series of convictions by TM Eye as part of Operation Mordor tackling the organised criminal gangs that operate in and around the area of Manchester known as ‘Counterfeit Street’. To date seventy six (76) criminals have been convicted by TM Eye by way of private criminal prosecutions for the wholesale supply and sale of fake goods as part of Operation Mordor.
The latest conviction follows a covert investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods from a warehouse in Barker Street at the rear of Great Ducie Street, Manchester. Undercover operatives from TM Eye’s covert Undercover Unit supported by their dedicated surveillance team carried out a series of test purchases from LODHI at the premises. Fake goods were purchased on 28th March 2018, 10th April 2018, 9th May 2018 and 10th May 2018. Each purchase was recorded on film and resulted in the conviction.
LODHI sold a wide range of counterfeit goods from a number of well known brands including NIKE, ADIDAS, MICHAEL KORS, CHANEL, D&G, GUCCI, MIU MIU and many others. No action was taken in relation to these goods and no seizures made.
LODHI will now have his fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken by police to be recorded on the Police National Computer. Information about the conviction has been forwarded to The Border Agency, HMRC and the Benefits Agency.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said, “LODHI is the latest criminal to be convicted by TM Eye in the area known as ‘Counterfeit street’. All the convictions are the result of private criminal prosecutions brought by TM Eye as part of Operation Mordor. To date 76 principals have been identified and convicted and millions of pounds worth of fake goods have been seized and destroyed.
TM Eye has been supported throughout by Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council, both of whom have been outstanding. This partnership approach has allowed the council to take possession of properties owned by them that were being sub let to criminals and for control orders to be issued. The local policing team have given outstanding support and the convictions would not have been possible without their assistance in identifying suspects. The footprint of criminality in the area has been significantly reduced over the past two years by this forward thinking partnership approach making the area safer for residents and genuine business.”
TM Eye has convicted over 400 criminals by way of private criminal prosecutions in the past two years and has a 100% conviction rate. 13% of those convicted by TM Eye receive custodial sentences.