Ania Czuperska of Maryon Road, London, SE7 appeared at Camberwell Magistrates Court on 26th April 2019, charged with four offences of selling counterfeit goods and possessing counterfeit goods for sale contrary to Section 92 of The Trademarks Act 1994. She pleaded guilty to all matters. Czuperska was sentenced to a 12 Month Community Order with a residence requirement, a requirement to undertake 160 hours Unpaid Work and an electronically monitored curfew for 16 weeks between the hours of 9pm and 6am. The court ordered that she paid £500 towards the prosecution costs and the statutory victims surcharge of £85.00.
The case was brought by TM Eye as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of one of its well known luxury goods clients.
Czuperska operated from her home address and advertised vast numbers of fake goods on a FACEBOOK site ‘ Bargain Bits Greenwich and SE London group’ using the pseudonym ‘Jo Parker’. She sold fake goods from brands such as Armani, Channel, Michael Kors, Chloe, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger and many others. No action was taken in relation to these brands.
An investigation by TM Eye’s Online Investigation team commenced in December 2018. The site was screen recorded and enquiries established the identity of Czuperska. On 6th December 2018 a covert test purchase was made from the site. The fake designer clothing was collected from Czuperska at her home address. The meeting was covertly recorded by the TM Eye Undercover Detective supported by its surveillance team. Further covertly filmed test purchases took place following more online purchases, on the 10th and 11th December 2018. This evidence led to the prosecution and conviction.
TM Eye Director David Mckelvey said,“Yet another FACEBOOK seller has been convicted by TM Eye. TM Eye has prosecuted and convicted over 100 criminals operating on social media in the past 2 years from across the UK.
The numbers of fake goods being sold on social media are significant. FACEBOOK is now one of the most prolific market places for counterfeit goods in the UK. TM Eye will continue to target those who openly sell fake goods that impact on the brands that we represent.”