Shambaz AHMED of Bowscale Close, Manchester, M13 0NF, appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on the 8 February 2019, charged with five offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters. AHMED was sentenced to a 12-Month Community Order with a requirement to undertake 80 Hours of Unpaid Work. He was ordered to pay costs of £800.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients MULBERRY, Hugo Boss and another well known luxury brand.
Shambaz AHMED operated from a large warehouse in Sherborne Street in the area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’, Manchester, selling a wide range of luxury branded goods. No action was taken in relation to other brands on sale.
Detectives from the TM Eye Dedicated Undercover Unit supported by the TM Eye surveillance team undertook a series of test purchases from SHAMBAZ at his premises in Sherborne Street on the 9, 10 and 19 May 2018. TM Eye detectives working closely in partnership with officers from Greater Manchester Police obtained his details leading to the prosecution and conviction.
Hermit SINGH of Balmoral Drive, Hayes, London appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court on the 4 March 2019, charged with three 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 Community order to include a six week curfew from 8pm-6am. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs and an £85 Victims Surcharge. The court ordered the forfeiture and destruction of all goods.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients.
SINGH ran a substantial stall at Bovingdon Market in Hertfordshire selling fake Mulberry, Hugo Boss and other TM Eye clients goods.
Detectives from the TM Eye Dedicated Undercover Unit supported by the surveillance team carried out covert test purchases on 20 October 2018 and 17 November 2018. These were filmed covertly and formed the evidence leading to the prosecution and conviction.
TM Eye Director David Mckelvey said,”Yet another trader at Bovingdon Market in Hertfordshire has been convicted. This now totals over 100 criminals prosecuted and convicted by TM Eye from this and associated markets run by the same company.
TM Eye will again make it clear to the market operator that those found selling fake goods will always be prosecuted by TM Eye and should there be evidence of any collusion then we will not hesitate to prosecute those who profit from this organised criminality.”