Sarfaz AHMED of Oakfield Terrace, Rochdale, appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court on 28th August 2018, charged with four (4) 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 with an imposed curfew between 9pm and 9am for 3 months. All goods seized were forfeited by the court and a Destruction Order granted.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of its clients HUGO BOSS and another well known luxury brand.
AHMED operated his criminal business from premises at the corner of Sherborne Street and Bury New Road, Manchester called ‘Manchester Cigs’. The premises were full of a wide variety of counterfeit clothing and other goods.
Between 11th April 2018 and 29th May 2018, operatives fromTM Eye’s Covert Undercover Unit supported by their surveillance team carried out three (3) covert test purchases. All were covertly filmed and this evidence led to the prosecution and conviction.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said, “This is yet another conviction for Operation Mordor tackling organised crime in and around the area of Manchester known as ‘Counterfeit Street’. AHMED now risks going to prison should he breach his curfew or re offend.
Operation Mordor has led to the convictions of over 70 criminals active in and around ‘Counterfeit Street’ and has had a huge impact on cleaning up crime and anti social behaviour in the area. The Mordor team works closely with Greater Manchester Police and Manchester City Council to ensure that every opportunity to enforce the law is taken to make the streets safer for the local residents.
There are still a number of suspects to be prosecuted from phase four of operation Mordor and cases will be heard throughout September, October and November.
TM Eye will continue to robustly enforce the law and prosecute anyone who chooses to sell fake goods that impact our clients brands.”