Hamid LODIN (born 01 01 1986) of Albert Fildes Walk, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M8 9DP, appeared at Manchester Magistrates Court today charged with three offences of selling counterfeit goods and possessing counterfeit goods for sale contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to two matters. The third matter was not proceeded with. He was sentenced to a fine of £436.00 on each offence, ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,485.00 and a Victims Surcharge of £43.00. The court ordered the total amount of £2,400.00 be paid at £100.00 a month. A collection order was made. The court ordered the forfeiture and destruction of all goods seized by TM Eye.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of Hugo Boss and another well known luxury goods brand.
The TM Eye investigation was part of Phase Six of Operation Mordor and commenced in October 2018. Detectives from TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit, supported by TM Eye’s Surveillance Team carried out covertly filmed test purchases from Lodin in October, November and December 2018. The covert footage formed the evidence leading to the prosecution and conviction.
Lodin operated a substantial shop on Bury New Road, Manchester in the area known as ‘Counterfeit Street’. He sold a wide variety of fake goods from various luxury goods brands including; Michael Kors, Chanel, Nike, Adidas, Gucci, Miu Miu, D&G and many others.
TM Eye Director David McKelvey said, “Lodin is the latest criminal to be convicted in Counterfeit Street. TM Eye gave now convicted over 80 criminals in that area in recent years. A number of others are currently in proceedings within the court system.
TM Eye will continue to prosecute and convict those who sell fake goods that impact on those brands we represent. We remain convinced that private criminal prosecutions are the way forward. It is a shame that many brands do not robustly protect their intellectual property rights as the criminals involved simply avoid brands TM Eye protects and continue to sell fake goods for those that do not enforce the law.”