Sylvie Djeuga of Park Lane, London, N17, appeared at Barkingside Magistrates Court on 9th November 2018, charged with three (3) offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. She pleaded guilty to all matters. She was sentenced to a Community Service Order for 6 months to include 40 hours of unpaid work. She was ordered to pay a Victims Surcahrge and costs of 120.00.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of a well known luxury goods client.
Djeuga sold fake goods on stalls within ‘Bonzer’ Car Boot Sale, Whalebone Lane, Essex every Thursday and at Dunton Car Boot Sale, Basildon, Essex every Wednesday and Saturday. A series of covert test purchases were made by TM Eye Undercover operatives from her at both markets leading to the prosecution and conviction.
TM Eye Dircetor David McKelvey said,”TM Eye monitor all prolific markets, online sites and car boot sales. Where we identify suspects selling fake goods that impact our clients brands we will gather evidence and prosecute them. We are seeing significantly reduced numbers of counterfeit goods for the brands we protected as the criminal traders realise they risk prosecution, conviction and confiscation proceedings. They either stop trading or sell fake goods for brands that unfortunately do not so robustly enforce the law.
Djeuga now has a conviction and should she re offend will be prosecuted again risking a custodial sentence. She will now have her fingerprints photograph and DNA taken for police indices.”
Mark Palmer of Abbey Street, London SE1, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on 2nd November 2018, charged with four (4) offences of posssessing and selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters. He was sentenced to a £400 fine and ordered to pay £300 costs and a £30 victims surcharge.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of a well known luxury brand.
The prosecution and conviction follows a two month covert operation by TM Eye detectives investigating the open sale of fake goods in the street market in Epping High Street, Essex. Palmer operated a large stall in the market selling a wide variety of well known counterfeit luxury leather goods, bags and purses from brands including Michael Kors, Chanel, D&G, MIU MIU and many others. No enforcement action was taken in relation to these brands at the request of the companies representatives.
Detectives from TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit, supported by the TM Eye surveillance team undertook test purchases from Palmer on 28th May 2018, 4th June 2018 and 2nd July 2018. Every test purchase was covertly recorded on film and
supported the prosecution leading to the guilty plea and conviction. Palmer sold bags that would ordinarily cost in excess of £700 for £35 and £40.
Palmer also boasted that he sold fake fake bags on social media stating, “If you go on Instagram and put in Minty’s Bags you’ll see the other bags I’ve got”.
Palmer will now have his fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken by police and recorded on the Police National Computer and other police indices.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”Palmer brazenly sold fake bags in Epping Market very Monday. As a result our Dedicated Undercover Unit carried out a series of evidenced test purchases leading to the conviction. Should he reoffend he risks a custodial sentence.”