Hasib Ullah AMIRI (born 26/03/1995) of Fentiman Way, Harrow HA2 8FD appeared at Ealing Magistrates Court on 21st January 2019, charged with four counts of selling counterfeit goods at Wellesbourne Market in Warwickshire and at Camden Market in London. He pleaded guilty to all matters. He was sentenced to 8 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, required to undertake 200 hours of unpaid work, pay a £115 statutory victim surcharge and make a contribution of £800 towards the prosecution costs. The court ordered forfeiture and destruction of all goods seized by TM Eye.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of one of its well known luxury goods clients.
The prosecution and conviction follows a 6-week investigation by TM Eye’s Luxury Good’s Team.
Undercover operatives from TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit supported by their surveillance team had identified Amiri at Wellesbourne Market on the 1st December 2018, operating a large stall selling fake bags, purses and other leather goods from a wide range of well known luxury brands. Amiri was known to the team having been previously convicted by TM Eye on 7th March 2018. He had on that occasion been sentenced for four (4) offences of selling fake goods, to a 12 month Community Order and a requirement to do 60 hours Unpaid Work. Despite this conviction he continued to offend.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”Amiri was caught by TM Eye in December 2018 selling fake goods in Camden. He was prosecuted by us and convicted. Despite this he chose to continue to offend. As a result one of Market Teams operating at Wellesbourne Market saw him again selling a wide range of fake goods. He was targeted and as a result evidence gained to again prosecute him. He was also found to be back at Camden selling fake goods and again further evidence was gathered. This resulted in his conviction and prison sentence. Should he Re offend he will go directly to prison.
TM Eye has teams operating at all markets and within the online space. Those who sell fake goods that impact on our clients brands will be prosecuted. As a result we have seen a significant reduction in the open sale of brands we protect.”
Detectives from TM Eye’s Illicit Tobacco Team and TM Eye India supported by local police have raided premises in Mumbai, India. A prolific criminal printer, Dharmesh Patel, who supplies global criminal counterfeiting gangs with fake packaging, labels and ancillary products was arrested at the premises. A large amount of counterfeit medicine labels, packaging for Apple products, Epsom print cartridges and other goods were recovered together with the original plates for producing vast numbers of these products.
The raid is the culmination of a year long TM Eye investigation and a series of covert deployments to identify the principal who was known to be manufacturing huge numbers of fake medicine labels, stickers and packaging. Other members of the gang had been arrested, charged and are currently being prosecuted by TM Eye India.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”This is a fantastic result. This printer had remained elusive despite a significant long term surveillance operation. Detectives from TM Eye India working with local police had a significant break several months ago and we were able to deploy undercover operatives from our Dedicated Undercover Unit. The sophisticated operation was remotely managed from the UK by our Illicit Phrmaceutical Team. Having identified premises through a major surveillance deployment the team flew out and with our local detectives supported by police raided the premises.
A large number of lithographic printing plates together with the printing facilities and printer were recovered. The criminal printer was arrested and remains in police custody. He will be charged and prosecuted. The printer and all material will be seized and an application made to the court for its destruction. This will cause serious damage to the global counterfeiting gangs who use the fake packaging for their illicit goods.
Those who manufacture and sell counterfeit ‘life saving’ medicines put peoples lives at real risk. These medicines are sold online as genuine. The fake packaging is an essential part of the manufacturing and supply process.
TM Eye operates globally and will track down and prosecute those criminals who operate in numerous jurisdictions damaging our clients brands.”