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Custodial sentences for selling counterfeit goods

  • February 14, 2018 at 2:21 pm
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  • Courts can impose custodial sentences to persons selling counterfeit goods

    Time to think before buying counterfeit goods, time to think before selling.

    Counterfeits are more than just a cheap version of a genuine more expensive item.  Consider value for money, quality and workmanship rather than looking for a copy without the class.  Counterfeit items may never work properly or safely and can be just plain dangerous, and especially relevant your purchase may fund something more dangerous. Therefore, it is important to think about values. Do something today.

    This brings to mind a recent case Surelock were involved in highlighting these values.

    Essex Police stopped Meqhawemveko Dube in possession of a firearm.  His home address was searched where goods were discovered including over 100 counterfeit high value watches. Our experts examined watches which purported to be those of our clients and provided statements authenticating them as counterfeits.

    Dube received three years custodial sentence at Southend Crown Court in January 2018 for possessing an imitation firearm, and a further nine months sentence relating to the counterfeit goods. Court evidence showed the defendant had been selling similar counterfeit products for about three years.

    https://www.essexlive.news/news/thurrock-businessman-wearing-stab-vest-1107922

    Who has time for a watch that will tell you the right time for some of the time,  last half the time or no time and in time will stop telling you the time!

    It’s all about values – not just the value of the item or the genuine item but values of the purchaser. 

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Should plant & construction industry use private investigators?

  • January 16, 2018 at 3:04 pm
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  • Why should the plant & construction industry would use private investigators? There are a lot more skills we have other than following a partner in a suspicious relationship! There are so many areas that spring to mind where Surelock  has a wealth of experience in plant & construction industry, in fact it would be fair to say, “we cut our teeth” within this Industry.

    No industry is immune from theft and fraud which can strike from the top to the bottom. If there is a suspicion that something is not quite right then it is often a thought worth acting on.

    With our consultants throughout the country we cover many fields including criminal investigations; security surveys/risk assessments, audits / stock takes, surveillance and asset recovery. We have been known to recover our client’s property before they have known it was stolen!

    We have assisted in the internal audit function of companies by conducting unannounced audit visits to sites and work places (often at weekends or during unsocial hours) to confirm that staff and systems are operating correctly. These audit visits routinely disclose discrepancies ranging from operational or disciplinary shortcomings to criminal activity – sometimes organised and endemic.

    Also, we have undertaken contractual management and project management audits within the construction industry which seek to identify and prevent future losses. Each project is unique and undertaken to an individual formula established in relation to the client’s instructions. Our previous investigations have used comprehensive analysis of how substantial losses are likely to have occurred by undertaking a thematic investigation into current processes and procedures in order to establish weaknesses, evaluation of data, conducting investigative interviews with staff with a view to both contractual and criminal irregularities and recommending a strategic plan for dealing with the problems identified in order to prevent future losses.

    Oh and we also can follow that partner if required!

    Why would Plant and Construction Industry use a firm of Private Investigators
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    by carol

Counterfeit goods seized in joint operation at Birkenhead Market

  • December 21, 2017 at 5:10 pm
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  • Surelock Brand Protection take part in a successful joint operation to deal with counterfeit goods, targeting stall holders in Birkenhead Market selling fake clothing and other products.

    http://wirralview.com/news/counterfeit-goods-seized-joint-operation

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Another successful court result, as fraudulent trader Terrance Donovan received a total of three years immediate imprisonment for importing and selling thousands of pounds of counterfeit designer merchandise.

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  • Speaking on behalf of Hublot, Jordan Sargent of Surelock Brand Protection Services stated: “Surelock Brand Protections Services represents a large number trademark holders, we will continue to work with trading standards to ensure those trading in counterfeit goods are brought to account.

    We applaud the actions of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards regarding this case and their positive stance of clamping down on counterfeit goods. The public should be aware that by purchasing counterfeit goods they are receiving an inferior quality product.”

    http://www.elystandard.co.uk/news/fraudulent-trader-terrance-donovan-jailed-peterborough-1-5321361

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Couple sold fake Mac make-up and other brands on Facebook

  • December 15, 2017 at 2:52 pm
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  • Another successful result, Surelock investigators assisted Trading Standards Officers at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council with evidence of counterfeit Tiffany & Co. items, found amongst other fake designer brands, at the home of a couple caught after trading standards officers raided their home in February this year.

    http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/couple-sold-fake-mac-make-14003032

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Roy Herridge QPM – Elected

  • November 20, 2017 at 2:06 pm
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    Roy HERRIDGE QPM the founder of Surelock has been elected to the Governing Council of The Institute of Professional Investigators – https://ipi.org.uk

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Brand Licensing Europe

  • October 10, 2017 at 1:39 pm
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  • Surelock are attending Brand Licensing Europe, London Olympia on 11 October 2017, if you are experiencing problems with counterfeits and need help with brand protection / anti-counterfeit investigations please do not hesitate to make contact.

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From The Intellectual Property Office in their 2016/17 Crime Report

  • September 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm
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  • The Intellectual Property Office in their 2016/17 Crime Report brings together the key partners who are protecting our businesses and consumers against criminality. The IP crime protection community represents a blending of government, law-enforcers, trade and industry groups and individual companies. Their report provides an insight into the work of the IP crime fighters, from local initiatives against street traders in Manchester, to complex multi-agency initiatives like Operation Jasper, to the development of effective legal remedies against IP crime through the courts.

    The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Specialist Fraud Division (SFD) prosecutes the majority of intellectual property crimes. Whilst CPS areas retain responsibility for a small number of cases, SFD are particularly responsible for the most complex cases. The SFD have a great deal of experience in prosecuting a wide range of cases and are fully equipped to prosecute those that are more complex. SFD continue to work closely with the specialist Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) in the City of London Police to make sure that the CPS is fully prepared for these cases and that there is  a consistent and co-ordinated approach going forward.

    One of the successful prosecutions was of Re Meraj Gul and Others. In July 2014 the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) received a report of crime from Surelock International Limited (Surelock). Surelock are security consultants and investigators who are authorised to conduct investigations on behalf of music merchandising companies who hold the trade mark rights of various music artists and record labels.

    Surelock identified that merchandising comprising of hooded tops, sweaters, t-shirts, vest tops and hats had been sold through the online auction site, eBay by a number of eBay sellers without the consent or authorisation of the genuine rights holder for each of the articles being infringed.

    The proceeds of sale were received into PayPal accounts. Once money was deposited into the PayPal accounts it was withdrawn and transferred to personal bank accounts belonging to the sellers.

    Between 1 March 2012 and 2 January 2014, Surelock made five test purchases from three eBay accounts which were identified as being used to sell merchandising.

    Enquiries were made of eBay and PayPal and as a result suspicion centred on Meraj Gul and others who allowed their accounts to be used to receive funds received via PayPal.

    On 3 February 2015 the accused were arrested. A small annex was also discovered at a property which was being used for the production of branded clothing items.

     Seized items from this address comprised of electronic items, CCTV equipment, branded and non-branded clothing, documentation relating to the sale and supply of branded clothing, packaging materials, production machinery and vinyl transfers used to produce goods

    The various companies have confirmed that neither the accused nor Gul Enterprises Ltd had permission to sell their goods. In total Meraj Gul received £131,382 from PayPal into accounts  in his name.

    Meraj Gul pleaded guilty to a substantive offence contrary to section 92(1) (b) of the Trade Marks Act 1994.

    He accepted that his co-defendants were just acting on his instructions.

    In the circumstances it was decided to proceed solely against Meraj Gul.

    On 2 June 2017 he was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment and confiscation proceedings were instituted.

    For copy of the full report please follow the link below

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/642324/IP_Crime_Report_2016_-_2017.pdf

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    by carol

Counterfeit Perfume Seized in City Could Pose Safety Risk

  • July 4, 2017 at 2:15 pm
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  • Experts have warned that counterfeit perfume seized in Peterborough could pose a risk to unsuspecting consumers.

    Peterborough City Council’s trading standards team seized over 400 perfumes from the Wellington Street car boot sale as part of a recent joint operation with brand representatives.

    Officers are now warning the public to be on the lookout if buying perfume through social media and online auction websites, as well as at car boot sales.

    The fake perfume seized included counterfeit versions of Chanel, Kenzo, Hugo Boss and Dior. These are being styled by the counterfeiters as 30 to 40ml demonstrators or testers. This approach is believed to be an attempt by the traders to justify why these goods are being sold at car boot sales.

    Officers will now be taking enforcement action against the traders involved and all perfume will be destroyed.

    Previously tested counterfeit aftershaves and perfumes have been found to contain excessive amounts of methanol amongst other ingredients. High levels of methanol can cause skin conditions in the form of rashes and reactions to consumers especially those with sensitive skin or dermatitis.

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    Another safety consideration is that high levels of methanol makes the perfume much more flammable.

    A representative of Surelock International, UK representative for many designer brands, said: “Once again we are very pleased to have worked with Peterborough Trading Standards, and this is a great result. Counterfeit perfumes are unregulated, and recent testing has shown the contents can pose a safety risk to unsuspecting consumers.”

    Rob Edmunds from Peterborough Trading Standards said: “Selling these fake perfumes as testers is a new tactic by counterfeiters and we urge residents to avoid buying them if they see these items online or at car boot sales and markets. Not only is it against the law, selling counterfeit goods undercuts genuine traders and these perfumes pose a health and safety risk to the public.”

    Anyone with information regarding counterfeit products should contact the trading standards team in confidence by emailing [email protected]peterborough.gov.uk.

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    by dave