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Latest News - POCA - Proceeds Of Crime Act confiscation order

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Fake goods dealer told – ‘pay up or face jail’

31 July 2018

Items included designer label jewellery and watches, phone accessories, make-up, bags and clothing, footwear, perfume, sunglasses and headphones.

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50,000 websites found to be selling counterfeit goods, Action Fraud reveals

05 July 2018

Many of the websites contain harmful viruses and malware too, which could leave you at risk of being defrauded.

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Over 400,000 direct jobs are lost in 13 economic sectors due to the presence of counterfeits

07 June 2018

The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights (IPR) infringement in the EU. In particular, it emphasises the value of IP rights for EU economies and firms, the increasing sophistication and diversification of counterfeiters, and the impact of IPR infringement to the EU.

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Amazon site awash with counterfeit goods despite crackdown

27 April 2018

Amazon is rife with potentially dangerous counterfeits and other knockoff goods despite years of attempts to crackdown on mis-selling on its platform, a Guardian investigation can reveal.

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Yoko Fashions has been fined more than £7,500 for selling counterfeit designer goods

06 March 2018

Result! Due to direct action by enforcement authorities in partnership with brand representatives who uncovered a sophisticated counterfeit goods operation

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Rogue trader fined £21,000 for selling counterfeit car accessories

25 February 2018

Following his conviction, confiscation proceedings were started and an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 was considered by Reading Crown Court on February 15.

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Profits from selling counterfeit goods are often used to fund other types of crime

21 February 2018

e.g. drug & people trafficking, money laundering and even terrorism!

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TED Talk: How fake handbags fund terrorism and organized crime

31 January 2018

What's the harm in buying a knock-off purse or a fake designer watch? According to counterfeit investigator Alastair Gray, fakes like these fund terrorism and organized crime. Learn more about the trillion-dollar underground economy of counterfeiting -- from the criminal organizations that run it to the child labor they use to produce its goods -- as well as measures you can take to help stop it. "Let's shine a light on the dark forces of counterfeiting that are hiding in plain sight," Gray says.

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Company ordered to pay £37k for distributing counterfeit clothing from Hertfordshire warehouse

30 January 2018

Recorder Tipples QC ordered the confiscation of company cash and assets, totalling £37,338 which had been restrained by Hertfordshire Trading Standards, under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. She also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of over 10,000 units of clothing and footwear.

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About ACG

ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.

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