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Mohammed Asif YOUSOFZAI of Havelock Road, Luton, LU2 7PP, appeared at Luton Magistrates Court today (18 July 2017), charged with four 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 Community Order to undertake 120 hours unpaid work, ordered to pay £85.00 victims surcharge and £1,650 (one thousand six hundred and fifty pounds) towards the costs of the investigation. This is his second conviction in 9 months for similar offences.

 

The case was brought as a private criminal prosecution by TM Eye on behalf of its clients Louis Vuitton Malletier and Apple inc.

 

YOUSOFZAI operated a criminal business selling a wide variety of fake goods from a shop at 285 Camden High Road, London, NW1. TM Eye detectives and undercover operatives from the TM Eye Covert Undercover Unit, gathered evidence of his criminality over a period of weeks during operation Prefix at Camden in North West London. Test purchases of  fake goods took place on 6 April 2017 of a counterfeit Louis Vuitton bag, 13 April 2017 of a fake Louis Vuitton belt and on 14 April 2017 of a fake Apple iPhone cover.

 

YOUSOFZAI will now have his conviction recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC) and have his fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken by police. Should he re offend he will likely face imprisonment.

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”TM Eye has convicted over forty (40) criminals selling fake goods in and around the Camden area and market in recent years. It has had a  dramatic impact on the overt sale and supply of fake goods for the brands that we represent. Those who choose to sell fake goods that impact on our clients will be robustly investigated and prosecuted in the criminal courts where evidence exists.

 

Operation Prefix is the latest TM Eye operation taking place in Camden and will result in a series of new criminal prosecutions and convictions. TM Eye has a 100% conviction rate in over 350 criminal cases.

 

This is the second time that TM Eye has prosecuted this man for selling counterfeit goods from these same premises. In December 2016, he was convicted of four offences of selling fake Ray Ban sunglasses damaging our client Luxottica Group SA. He was sentenced to a fine of £80.00.  He continued to re offend and evidence was gathered of his further criminality.

 

Should he continue to commit offences we will again prosecute. He then risks imprisonment.”

 

 

 

 

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On 17 July 2017, Tommy Harrison Wright of Queenswood Road, Bexley, DA15 8QP, appeared at Bexley Magistrates Court charged with four (4) offences of selling counterfeit Beats and Louis Vuitton goods on the auction site GUMTREE. He pleaded guilty to all matters and was sentenced to a fine totalling £240.00 (two hundred and forty pounds).

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients Beats Electronics LLC and Louis Vuitton Malletier.

 

The case follows an eight month investigation by the TM Eye Online Investigations team and Covert Undercover Unit. Contact was made with Wright on GUMTREE in December 2016. He was evidenced as selling large numbers of fake goods from the auction site. Test purchases were made in person on 9 December 2016 of a Beats Dr Dre Pill speaker, on 20 December 2016 of a Louis Vuitton scarf and on 1 February 2017 of a further Louis Vuitton scarf. Evidence of Wright offering Louis Vuitton and Beats goods for sale between the 9 December 2016 and 1 February 2017 was also gathered and was the subject to count 4 of the offences. Wright sold a wide variety of other branded luxury goods that were not the subject of any prosecution.

 

A criminal summons was served on Wright by TM Eye detectives at his home address on 13 June 2017 leading to his appearance at court.

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,“Wright operated a lucrative criminal outlet selling fake goods on the social media auction site GUMTREE. Evidence was gathered by our online investigations team and arrangements made for the purchase of goods in person. Our Covert Undercover Unit then undertook a series of test purchases all of which were covertly recorded. This evidence led to the criminal charges and subsequent convictions.

 

Wright now has a criminal conviction, which will be recorded on the Police National Computer. He will have his fingerprints, photograph and DNA taken. Should he re offend he will again be prosecuted and risks imprisonment.”

 

TM Eye has successfully convicted over 60 criminals selling fake goods online through a variety of auction or social media sites in the past 18 months.

 

TM Eye has a 100% conviction rate in over 350 private criminal prosecutions.