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Habib KARAMI, born 01.01.93 of Herristone Road, Crumpshall M8, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on 28th March 2018, charged with five offences of selling counterfeit goods between 16th August 2017 and 26th September 2017, contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters. The case was adjourned for reports until the 3rd May 2018.

 

The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its client Mulberry and another well known luxury goods brand.

 

KARAMI operated from a large warehouse premises in Jury Street, Manchester, in the area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’ and sold handbags, cosmetics, belts, purses, sunglasses, perfume, watches, jewellery and footwear of various brands including Chanel, Michael Kors, Mulberry, Hugo Boss, UGG, Superdry, MAC, YSL, Adidas and Nike. No enforcement action was taken in relation to any of these brands. Most do not support private criminal prosecutions.

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said, “This another conviction of a significant criminal in the ‘Counterfeit Street’ area of Manchester, that openly sells vast numbers fo fake goods. TM Eye has convicted over 50 traders in the area and is leading the way in tackling organised crime in the area in partnership with Greater Manchester Police (GMP). TM Eye’s convictions have assisted Manchester City Council in securing Closure Orders against a number of premises in the area. 

 

This area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’ is prolific and the source of much of the UK’s counterfeit goods. It is a hub to others criminal markets and for criminal traders on the internet and social media such as FACEBOOK. TM Eye is making every effort to ‘Catch and Convict’ those involved in this organised crime. The sale of fake goods is directly linked to the funding of terrorism, drugs and firearms offences.

 

It is NOT a victimless crime. Those involved pay no tax and launder criminal proceeds. The criminal groups are involved in large scale Human Trafficking and Human Slavery. In the source countries young children from the age of eight have been evidenced tied to chairs to work in sweat shops sewing luxury clothing and leather goods. The damage to the brands who have often spent years and vast sums of money to build brand reputation are irreparably damaged causing forced unemployment and profits warnings. The loss in tax revenue results in hospital closures and damage to other public services. Those who buy goods from these criminals must start to realise the damage they do to the UK economy. 

 

The public health issues are also often ignored. Fake jewellery is usually made from nickel and lead, both carcinogens and poisonous if worn next to the skin. Fake make up often contains poisonous substances and the brushes contain micro bugs that get into the skin or eyes causing infection. Counterfeit electrical goods are dangerous and can result in fires and death. 

 

The open sale of fake goods in areas such as Manchester is serious and organised crime. TM Eye is leading the fight against such criminality.”

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Imtiaz Ahmed of Holborn Drive, Manchester M8, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on 28th March 2018, 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 £400.00 fine and ordered to pay a £50.00 victims surcharge.

 

The prosecution was brought by TM Eye by way of a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its client Apple UK and another luxury brand.

 

Imtiaz Ahmed operated from a large warehouse premises in Lockett Street, Manchester in the area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’. He sold a large number and wide variety of fake goods from various luxury brands including Michael Kors, Chanel, Nike, Adidas, D&G, Miu Miu, Rolex, Armani, Superdry and many others. No enforcement action was taken on behalf of any of these brands.

 

 

The conviction is the latest result of TM Eye’s Operation Mordor tackling organised crime in and around the area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’. The operation has seen significant results with over 50 convictions in the past two years of the principals involved.

 

TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”Imtiaz Ahmed is the latest to be convicted as a result of Operation Mordor. There are a number of defendants still waiting to appear at court and will likely be convicted. Operation Mordor has seen a number of criminals imprisoned as a result of their criminality in trading in fake goods in this area. TM Eye will continue to target those who continue to sell fake goods of the brands we protect and will gather evidence to bring them to justice in the criminal courts.

 

We have seen significant reductions in the open sale of the brands we represent because of our robust enforcement. It is a pity that other brands do not take similar enforcement action and effectively leave these criminals to trade in fake goods making vast profits from their criminality. TM Eye has repeatedly offered to bring criminal actions against those involved in this organised crime on behalf of various luxury goods brands, at no cost, but they have declined resulting in the open sale of their branded goods and damage to their companies revenues and IP rights.”

 

TM Eye works in partnership with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the Intellectual Property Office Intelligence Hub. All those convicted have their fingerprints, photographs and DNA taken and recorded on police databases. All TM Eye convictions are recorded on the Police national Compueter as a result of an Information Sharing Agreement (ISA) with the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office.