On 13 May 2013, Tony SINGH appeared at Watford Magistrates’ Court for Trademark Offences, the result of a private criminal prosecution brought by TM Eye, at no cost, on behalf of its Rights Holder, Armani.
The defendant Tony SINGH of Ranelagh Road, Stratford, London pleaded guilty to seven (7) offences.
The Bench ordered that a full, all options, pre-sentence report should be prepared by the probation service.
The matter was adjourned for sentencing to St Albans Magistrates’ Court on 11 June 2013 at 11 am.
The convictions are the result of a pro-active covert operation by TM Eye detectives carried out at Wembley and Bovingdon markets over a substantial period of time. Evidence was gathered by way of covert test purchases. This evidence formed the basis for the charges.
Surveillance on the subject resulted in identification of SINGH and his home address. Criminal summons were applied for and served on 15 February 2013, by TM Eye detectives.
A raid at the home address on 15 February 2013, by Trading Standards officers and local police led to the recovery of a substantial amount of fake goods. This is now the subject of further investigation by Newham Trading Standards.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”I would like to thank Newham Trading Standards and Newham police for their support in this case. This is another example of how private industry can work in partnership with law enforcement to tackle organised crime. The team at TM Eye worked closely with Newham Council and their Director of Community Safety Nick Bracken to secure this success”.