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Latest News - 10/2017

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Pay back £619k ...or face prison

20 October 2017

Jonathan “Jonny” Kahn, 64, of Parkway, Golders Green, London, had denied peddling tens of thousands of fake Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles and other branded toys to major high street shops but was given a two year jail term, suspended for two years, after a trial found him guilty. The case led to a Proceeds of Crime Act investigation which found the father-of-12 had assets worth £704,090, and that he had benefitted from his crimes to the tune of £619,286.

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Online ‘trader’ caught with nearly 200,000 counterfeit cigarettes

17 October 2017

...in his van on the M6 tried to claim his illegal haul was washing-up liquid.

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Market trader from Skegness jailed selling counterfeit goods

16 October 2017

Roshan Singh, from Skegness, had 1,500 counterfeit items on his market stall in Hull just months after he was caught selling other fake goods at the Eastgate Market at Sea Lane, Ingoldmells.

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Shoe shop boss fined for selling counterfeit trainers

13 October 2017

HUNDREDS of fake branded trainers with a street value of more than £60,000 were seized from a shop in Dudley. Trading standards ran a sting operation at GP Footwear WM and found boxes of fake Nike and Adidas trainers.

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Counterfeit goods worth £2m seized and modern slavery victims rescued in raids

13 October 2017

Six addresses in Cheetham Hill were raided by police, trading standards, Border Force and immigration officers. Businesses, private houses and storage units were searched under GMP’s Operation Challenger.

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Warning after dangerous counterfeit mobile phones seized in Staffordshire

12 October 2017

Counterfeit mobile phones with potentially dangerous chargers have been seized in Staffordshire by County Council Trading Standards officers. Hundreds of fake Nokia 3310 phones were seized from an industrial unit in East Staffordshire and a property in Newcastle following a tip off to Trading Standards officers. The Nokia 3310 is a reissue and updated model from 2000 and retails legitimately from around £50 to £70. Counterfeit versions of the phone are being sold at £15 and less.

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Shop worker jailed over £40K haul of illegal cigarettes

12 October 2017

Ali, 25, of Norton Street, Radford, pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the unauthorised use of a trademark and one of failing to specify health warnings, all on November 23 last year.

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Crooks are paying to advertise on social media to flog counterfeit goods

07 October 2017

The sponsored posts appear in the feeds of users whose online search history shows an interest in designer clothes or expensive watches. And fraud experts warn that the gangs behind them – often based in Eastern Europe and China – are feeding the money they rake in back into guns, drugs and prostitution.

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Counterfeit goods seized during raids in Belfast

07 October 2017

Detectives have seized thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit goods from paramilitaries following a raid in Belfast.

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Essex retailer pleads guilty to selling counterfeit tobacco

06 October 2017

An Essex-based convenience store has been fined thousands of pounds after pleading guilty to a number offences of supplying counterfeit, incorrectly marked and unsafe cigarettes and tobacco.

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