Surinder SANDHER of Morgan Close, Oldbury appeared at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on the 7 March 2019, charged with three offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. She pleaded guilty to all matters and was sentenced to a fine of £80 and ordered to pay a £30 Victims Surcharge.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of a number of its clients.
SANDHER sold fake leather goods from a stall at Wellesbourne Market in Warwickshire. Detectives from the TM Eye Dedicated Undercover Unit supported by TM Eye’s ‘in house’ surveillance team carried out a series of test purchases of counterfeit goods from her stall on the 10 November 2018 and 17 November 2018. These purchases were filmed and formed the evidence that led to the convictions.
The identity of SANDHER was established in a joint operation with local police officers resulting in the prosecution.
SANDHER now has a conviction recorded on the Police National Computer (PNC). Should she re offend she will be prosecuted again and is likely to receive a custodial sentence.
Zargham HAIDER of Cowick Road, Tooting, London, SW17 appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court on 13 March 2019, where he pleaded guilty to four offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. HAIDER was sentenced to a 12 Month Community Order to include 80 Hours Unpaid Work. he was ordered to pay costs of £250 and an £85 Victims Surcharge.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients.
HAIDER sold a wide variety of fake goods from shop premises at 226 High Street, Camden, London.
Following a covert TM Eye undercover operation fake leather goods were purchased from HAIDER on 22 November 2018 and 11 December 2018, by detectives from the TM Eye Dedicated Undercover Unit supported by the surveillance team. The test purchases were filmed and formed the basis of the evidence upon which the prosecution was brought.
TM Eye Director David Mckelvey said,”TM Eye has had significant success in Camden market and the High Street tackling those who sell fake goods. Those who sold the brands that we protect now avoid openly selling fake goods in the area through fear of being caught and convicted.
Private prosecutions work as a deterrent and unlike other organisations that simply seize goods only to see the same shops open within days, fully stocked, we make a real difference in preventing and deterring crime.
TM Eye’s evidence is always substantial and leads to immediate guilty pleas at court without the significant costs of not guilty trials.
TM Eye is the only private company that has an Information Sharing Agreement in place with The Association of Chief Police Officer Criminal Records Office (ACRO) to record the convictions on the Police National Computer.