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Latest News - 05/2016

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Newport counterfeit clothing seller sentenced

14 May 2016

14.05.16 - Michele Brady, 51, used her living room and upstairs bedroom of her house in Jellicoe Close to store hundreds of boxes of the counterfeit products, which she then sold over Facebook.

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5 men sentenced in £600k counterfeit tobacco tax fraud

13 May 2016

13.05.16 - Four gang members were arrested following an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) operation in 2012, which tracked their illegal activities across the West Midlands and Milton Keynes. One of the four, along with a fifth man, was then caught reoffending while on bail in 2016.

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Colwyn Bay shopkeeper jailed after discovery of counterfeit goods

13 May 2016

13.06.17 - A Colwyn Bay shopkeeper whose convenience store sold goods for Slovakians and eastern Europeans has been jailed for 120 days after trading standards officers and police dogs discovered hidden illicit tobacco products worth thousands of pounds.

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Record amount of counterfeit Viagra seized

12 May 2016

12.05.16 - From 2014 to 2015 the MHRA seized fake Viagra valued at £3,890,516 from a yearly total of counterfeit drugs of £8,696,067. From 2015 to 2016 this had tripled to £11,205,342, making up 90% of counterfeit drugs seized that year.

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Thousands of counterfeit cigarettes seized in Heanor

11 May 2016

11.05.16 - Officers from the Heanor and Loscoe Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team joined Derbyshire County Council Trading Standards Officers for the operation on Friday, May 6 as part of an ongoing joint initiative by Derbyshire police and Derbyshire trading standards to target the sale of illicit tobacco in the county.

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Retailer ordered to pay more than £100k in counterfeit goods case

10 May 2016

10.05.16 - Under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, Musejee was ordered to pay back £100,000 after the Court determined that he had made this sum from his criminal activity. If the amount is not paid within three months, Musejee faces a prison sentence of two years in default. He must also pay £3,000 in costs.

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IPO launches new IP Enforcement 2020 Strategy

10 May 2016

10.05.16 - This strategy sets out how the government will make effective, proportionate and accessible enforcement of IP rights a priority for the next four years. The UK has been independently assessed as a world leader in enforcement. To deliver all this we will continue to work with our domestic and international partners from industry, law enforcement and government, to address the multiple and growing challenges posed by IP infringement and counterfeiting.

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ACG score a winning goal in Scotland

09 May 2016

The latest ACG IP Roadshow was held on 5 May 2016 at Celtic Football Club, Glasgow. More than 35 brands exhibited and nearly 100 delegates attended from the police, trading standards and customs.

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Wallsend businessman who supplied counterfeit 'screenwash' vodka to Consett pub owner could face jail

09 May 2016

09.05.16 - The court was told 148 bottles of Kommissar vodka were recovered from the Coach and Horses pub and 174 bottles from Chaplains, along with seven bottles of Crown vodka.

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Man in court for selling counterfeit Oakley sunglasses online

09 May 2016

09.05.16 - Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard today (Monday, May 9) that Fergal Hague bought the sunglasses for £5 a pair off Ebay, then sold them on at £30 a pair after advertising them as genuine Oakleys.

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