Alireza Husseini of Victoria Road Manchester M14 6AP, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on 3rd May 2018, charged with three (3) offences of selling counterfeit goods contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters and was sentenced to an electronically monitored curfew between 7pm and 7 am for 4 weeks and payment of a victim surcharge of £85. An order was made for £115 to be paid by Husseini towards investigations costs.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution.
The conviction and sentence follows phase three of TM Eye’s Operation Mordor targeting the area of Manchester known as ‘Counterfeit Street’ and the organised criminals that operate there.
Husseini operated from a heavily fortified shop premises at 41A Harris Street, Manchester and sold a wide variety of counterfeit goods, including leather goods, belts, handbags, purses, perfume, clothing, shoes, trainers, coats, jewellery and watches.
A guard protected the steel door which could be secured in seconds and spotters we’re deployed to signal any law enforcement approaching.
Between the 28th June 2017 and 26th July 2017, TM EYE undercover Investigators, purchased counterfeit goods on three separate occasions from Husseini. On 23rd August 2017, another TM Eye undercover operative investigator attended the premises and was offered training shoes and perfume to purchase. All the purchases were covertly recorded on film and resulted in the convictions.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said,”Husseini was another criminal operating in the area of Manchester known as ‘Counterfeit Street’. Organised crime in the area is rife and the profits from these crimes for the gang members and leaders are substantial. The area has been well known for crime and anti social behaviour, with drug dealing and the sales of illicit tobacco, drugs and medicines. TM Eye has played its part with its partners in Greater Manchester police and Manchester Council to reduce offending and make the area a safer place to live and work.
Manchester City Council have been able to use many of the convictions secured by TM Eye to bring ‘Closure Orders’ on the criminal premises leased by them and others convicted have simply stopped trading through fear of a conviction and imprisonment. The area directly involved in the trade in fake goods has reduced significantly since we commenced Operation Mordor and began working in partnership with police and the council. The support of both partners has been excellent.
The trade in fake goods is directly linked to funding terrorism, drugs and firearms offences and is supported by human trafficking and human slavery.
TM Eye has now convicted over fifty (50) of the principals involved in crime in that area and will continue to do so until the problem is solved”.
All TM Eye convictions are recorded on the Police National Computer and those convicted have their fingerprints, photographs and DNA taken as a result of an MOU in place between GMP and TM Eye.