On 24th June 2019 two Bulgarian nationals Syuleman Ahmedom SYULEMANOV( born 17/10/1984) and Sherife Kyamil MUSTAFA (born 19/12/1985) living in Basildon, Essex appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court charged with eight (8) offences of selling counterfeit goods and possessing them for sale contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. Both pleaded guilty to all matters. SYULEMANOV admitted that she had given the court a false name of Fatima AHMET. This was corrected and she was sentenced with MUSTAFA in her correct details. Both received a 12 Month Community Order with a condition to complete 120 hours of Unpaid Work, a requirement to pay £100 investigation costs and an £85 Victims Surcharge.
The case was brought by TM Eye on behalf of its client HUGO BOSS as a private criminal prosecution.
Both those convicted operated a large stall at Wellesbourne Market every Saturday selling fake clothing from a wide variety of luxury brands including North Face, Armani, Nike, Armani, Kenzo, D&G, Moncler, Givenchy and others. No enforcement action was taken in relation to these brands at the request of their Brand Protection officers and representatives. SYULEMANOV and MUSTAFA made significant criminal proceeds from their criminal activities.
Undercover detectives from TM Eye’s Dedicated Undercover Unit supported by the TM Eye surveillance team attended Wellesbourne Market on 24th November 2018, 1st December 2018, 8th December 2018, 15th December 2018 and 16th February 2019. On each occasion covertly filmed test purchases were made of fake Hugo Boss goods. These formed the evidence leading to the prosecution and conviction of the two.
TM Eye Director David Mckelvey said,“These two defendants were prolific and sold large amounts of fake clothing at Wellesbourne Market. They are now convicted and as a result of our Information Sharing Agreement with the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office, will have their convictions recorded on the Police National Computer. They will also be required to have their fingerprints, photographs and DNA taken for police indices. TM Eye will also inform the UK Border Agency. Should they re offend they risk imprisonment”.