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Jailed Ebay Fraudster Must Hand Over £35k

  • September 22, 2013
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  • Following a joint investigation by Doncaster Trading Standards and Surelock, a trader who sold fake merchandise over the internet for pop acts including One Direction has been ordered by the courts to hand over nearly £35,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

    Adrian Lindley, from the Lindholme area of Doncaster, was jailed last year after admitting selling the fake merchandise on the Ebay auction site.

    The 47-year-old, from Varsity Close, had been running a successful internet business selling items of clothing on the internet auction website.

    It is understood that he was then persuaded by one of his suppliers to take on additional product lines, bearing the names of pop acts including boy bands One Direction and The Wanted.

    A spokesman for Doncaster Council, which brought the prosecution against Lindley, said: “Unfortunately for him, the names of the artists and groups had been registered as trademarks, and the clothing bearing the names and logos of One Direction, JLS, Justin Bieber and The Wanted were not authorised by the trademark holder.

    “An investigation by Doncaster Council’s trading standards team resulted in the seizure of more than 1,300 items of clothing, together with computer and business records.”

    Lindley pleaded guilty to five charges under Section 92 of the Trademarks Act 1994 on September 21 2012, and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.

    However, he was brought back before Sheffield Crown Court last month, when a confiscation order for £34,680 was made against him by judge Roger Keen.

    The council spokesman added: “This money is split between the Home Office, the Courts Service and Doncaster Council, where the money can be used to fund further investigations.”

    Following the confiscation order being made, Ros Jones, mayor of Doncaster, said: “Zero tolerance on crime and anti-social behaviour is a top priority for Doncaster Council.

    “We welcome this sentence and confiscation order which shows that crime does not pay.”

    Earlier this week, a shop owner from Blackpool was spared jail after being found with around 500 fake goods.

    Burnley Crown Court heard that Ying Fu Qi, 48, had counterfeit badges, pendants, key rings and phone charms in names such as Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty, Betty Boop and Pandora, in his shop on Blackpool Promenade.

    He told trading standards officers he bought the items back from China in a suitcase in 2011.

    Qi, of Broughton Avenue in Layton, had admitted five trademark offences.

    He was given 28 days in prison, suspended for six months, and now faces a proceeds of crime hearing next February.

    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/jailed-one-direction-ebay-fraudster-must-hand-over-35-000-1-6072625

     

     

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Jailed One Direction Ebay Fraudster Must Hand Over £35,000

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  • Following a joint investigation by Doncaster Trading Standards and Surelock, a trader who sold fake merchandise over the internet for pop acts including One Direction has been ordered by the courts to hand over nearly £35,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

    Adrian Lindley, from the Lindholme area of Doncaster, was jailed last year after admitting selling the fake merchandise on the Ebay auction site.

    The 47-year-old, from Varsity Close, had been running a successful internet business selling items of clothing on the internet auction website.

    It is understood that he was then persuaded by one of his suppliers to take on additional product lines, bearing the names of pop acts including boy bands One Direction and The Wanted.

    A spokesman for Doncaster Council, which brought the prosecution against Lindley, said: “Unfortunately for him, the names of the artists and groups had been registered as trademarks, and the clothing bearing the names and logos of One Direction, JLS, Justin Bieber and The Wanted were not authorised by the trademark holder.

    “An investigation by Doncaster Council’s trading standards team resulted in the seizure of more than 1,300 items of clothing, together with computer and business records.”

    Lindley pleaded guilty to five charges under Section 92 of the Trademarks Act 1994 on September 21 2012, and was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.

    However, he was brought back before Sheffield Crown Court last month, when a confiscation order for £34,680 was made against him by judge Roger Keen.

    The council spokesman added: “This money is split between the Home Office, the Courts Service and Doncaster Council, where the money can be used to fund further investigations.”

    Following the confiscation order being made, Ros Jones, mayor of Doncaster, said: “Zero tolerance on crime and anti-social behaviour is a top priority for Doncaster Council.

    “We welcome this sentence and confiscation order which shows that crime does not pay.”

    Earlier this week, a shop owner from Blackpool was spared jail after being found with around 500 fake goods.

    Burnley Crown Court heard that Ying Fu Qi, 48, had counterfeit badges, pendants, key rings and phone charms in names such as Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty, Betty Boop and Pandora, in his shop on Blackpool Promenade.

    He told trading standards officers he bought the items back from China in a suitcase in 2011.

    Qi, of Broughton Avenue in Layton, had admitted five trademark offences.

    He was given 28 days in prison, suspended for six months, and now faces a proceeds of crime hearing next February.

    http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/jailed-one-direction-ebay-fraudster-must-hand-over-35-000-1-6072625

     

     

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Surelock Helps with Largest Counterfeits Haul at a UK Market

  • September 18, 2013
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  • The ‘greatest overall single recovery of counterfeit goods at any UK market ever’ took place at Wellesbourne Market in Warwickshire on Saturday 14th September 2013.  Nearly £3 million worth of counterfeit goods were seized and four arrests made during a joint operation with Warwickshire Trading Standards, HM Revenue & Customs and VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency).  The Surelock undercover team worked closely with the authorities in gathering intelligence which helped to achieve this excellent result.

    More than 20 police officers, including members of the Special Constabulary for both Warwickshire and West Mercia forces, were involved in the all-day operation, aimed at tackling rogue trading and the illegal use of Warwickshire’s road network. Graham Consterdine, Head of Brand Protection at BP Abraxas, praised the work of all those involved. “This raid has been the greatest overall single recovery of counterfeit goods of any UK market ever,” he said. “I’d like to thank everyone involved for making it such a success.”

    Phase two of the operation, which was also attended by the Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball and Warwickshire Chief Constable Andy Parker, took place as traders were dismantling their stalls after the market closed at around 1600 hrs.

    Two vehicles were seized as they tried to make off and a large quantity of fake goods found inside. Further items including T-shirts, jackets, trainers, DVDs, watches, jewellery, make-up, electrical items and perfume were recovered from nine other vehicles that were abandoned as police raided the market. In total these counterfeit goods are believed to have a retail value of £2.85 million. Police officers arrested four men on suspicion of illegal trading at the market and subsequently searched six properties in Birmingham with Trading Standards officers, recovering more goods and a quantity of money. Following questioning the men were released pending further enquiries by Trading Standards.

    Janet Faulkner, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards, said; “This seizure of counterfeit goods sends out a strong warning to traders selling fakes that their activities will not be tolerated in this county. A key priority of Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards service is to support legitimate business and take action against those who trade unlawfully or negligently.”

    Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball echoed these comments by saying,

    “Wellesbourne market is a popular local feature in South Warwickshire. It is also – sadly – an opportunity for “rogue traders” to ply counterfeit and illegal goods. Apart from selling the public short, and sometimes endangering them with shoddy products – they threaten the livelihood of other traders trying to earn a legitimate living.

    “I was impressed to witness first hand this two-part operation. I personally witnessed arrests, vehicle seizures and large quantities of fake goods being abandoned by illegal traders – all these operations were conducted in a highly professional manner. The message is simple. Legitimate traders are welcome. We will disrupt the operation of the non legitimate traders.”

    Phase one of this operation took place in the morning with around 30 officers and staff targeting shoppers entering the market. VOSA seized five cars and one motorbike with defects. Three of the vehicles were not allowed to leave until the problems, including a defective tyre, insecure exhaust and lighting defect, were fixed. The other vehicles were allowed to go but the drivers told to sort out the defects within 10 days. Working alongside VOSA, Warwickshire police dealt with the following motor offences:

    · Three people were given a fixed penalty notice for having no vehicle insurance.

    · A fixed penalty notice was also issued for failing to provide the correct booster seat for a child aged under 12.

    · One person was issued a penalty ticket for having an expired MOT.

    · Another was issued a penalty ticket for failing to wear a seatbelt.

    · Two people had their driving licence revoked on medical grounds.

    · One person was issued a penalty ticket for not meeting regulations over the style of their number plate.

    Four cars were also seized by police officers for having no insurance & revoked driving licences.

    Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Andy Parker stressed the importance of reminding drivers to check that their photo card driving licence is still within date (they are valid 10 years from date of issue). If they are not in date then the vehicle insurance is invalidated and their vehicle could be seized as happened at this operation.

    After the multi-agency operation Mr Parker said, “This operation sends out a strong message to those who break the law and those who don’t insure their vehicles. Our officers, specials and volunteers are all working to proactively target those responsible for crime in our community, and those who cause danger on our roads.”

    Click on the link below for photographs.

    http://onlinenews.warwickshire.police.uk/wpnews_pressrelease/nearly-3-million-worth-of-counterfeit-goods-seized-at-wellesbourne-market-following-joint-agency-operation/15646

     

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Surelock Assists with Greatest Overall Single Recovery of Counterfeit Goods at a UK Market

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  • The ‘greatest overall single recovery of counterfeit goods at any UK market ever’ took place at Wellesbourne Market in Warwickshire on Saturday 14th September 2013.  Nearly £3 million worth of counterfeit goods were seized and four arrests made during a joint operation with Warwickshire Trading Standards, HM Revenue & Customs and VOSA (Vehicle and Operator Services Agency).  The Surelock undercover team worked closely with the authorities in gathering intelligence which helped to achieve this excellent result.

    More than 20 police officers, including members of the Special Constabulary for both Warwickshire and West Mercia forces, were involved in the all-day operation, aimed at tackling rogue trading and the illegal use of Warwickshire’s road network. Graham Consterdine, Head of Brand Protection at BP Abraxas, praised the work of all those involved. “This raid has been the greatest overall single recovery of counterfeit goods of any UK market ever,” he said. “I’d like to thank everyone involved for making it such a success.”

    Phase two of the operation, which was also attended by the Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball and Warwickshire Chief Constable Andy Parker, took place as traders were dismantling their stalls after the market closed at around 1600 hrs.

    Two vehicles were seized as they tried to make off and a large quantity of fake goods found inside. Further items including T-shirts, jackets, trainers, DVDs, watches, jewellery, make-up, electrical items and perfume were recovered from nine other vehicles that were abandoned as police raided the market. In total these counterfeit goods are believed to have a retail value of £2.85 million. Police officers arrested four men on suspicion of illegal trading at the market and subsequently searched six properties in Birmingham with Trading Standards officers, recovering more goods and a quantity of money. Following questioning the men were released pending further enquiries by Trading Standards.

    Janet Faulkner, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards, said; “This seizure of counterfeit goods sends out a strong warning to traders selling fakes that their activities will not be tolerated in this county. A key priority of Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards service is to support legitimate business and take action against those who trade unlawfully or negligently.”

    Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball echoed these comments by saying,

    “Wellesbourne market is a popular local feature in South Warwickshire. It is also – sadly – an opportunity for “rogue traders” to ply counterfeit and illegal goods. Apart from selling the public short, and sometimes endangering them with shoddy products – they threaten the livelihood of other traders trying to earn a legitimate living.

    “I was impressed to witness first hand this two-part operation. I personally witnessed arrests, vehicle seizures and large quantities of fake goods being abandoned by illegal traders – all these operations were conducted in a highly professional manner. The message is simple. Legitimate traders are welcome. We will disrupt the operation of the non legitimate traders.”

    Phase one of this operation took place in the morning with around 30 officers and staff targeting shoppers entering the market. VOSA seized five cars and one motorbike with defects. Three of the vehicles were not allowed to leave until the problems, including a defective tyre, insecure exhaust and lighting defect, were fixed. The other vehicles were allowed to go but the drivers told to sort out the defects within 10 days. Working alongside VOSA, Warwickshire police dealt with the following motor offences:

    · Three people were given a fixed penalty notice for having no vehicle insurance.

    · A fixed penalty notice was also issued for failing to provide the correct booster seat for a child aged under 12.

    · One person was issued a penalty ticket for having an expired MOT.

    · Another was issued a penalty ticket for failing to wear a seatbelt.

    · Two people had their driving licence revoked on medical grounds.

    · One person was issued a penalty ticket for not meeting regulations over the style of their number plate.

    Four cars were also seized by police officers for having no insurance & revoked driving licences.

    Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Andy Parker stressed the importance of reminding drivers to check that their photo card driving licence is still within date (they are valid 10 years from date of issue). If they are not in date then the vehicle insurance is invalidated and their vehicle could be seized as happened at this operation.

    After the multi-agency operation Mr Parker said, “This operation sends out a strong message to those who break the law and those who don’t insure their vehicles. Our officers, specials and volunteers are all working to proactively target those responsible for crime in our community, and those who cause danger on our roads.”

    Click on the link below for photographs.

    http://onlinenews.warwickshire.police.uk/wpnews_pressrelease/nearly-3-million-worth-of-counterfeit-goods-seized-at-wellesbourne-market-following-joint-agency-operation/15646

     

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    by Ron

Police Offer Advice to Counter Construction Fraud

  • September 12, 2013
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  • Operation Sterling working in partnership with Transport for London has been made aware of fraudsters targeting companies involved in construction and infrastructure projects for the public sector.

    Companies involved in this type of fraud have been identified through transparency lists that are made publicly available. One project was targeted whereby the fraudsters impersonating a company claimed that their company IT systems were down and they were working manually.
    They claimed that they needed the project team to update them with any recent payments made to them and to verify any outstanding invoices to be paid. The project team were suspicious and asked a number of questions which weren’t answered. They then asked the fraudster to email their request to a specific email address. No email was received.

    Prevention Advice

    Should you receive a call from a person claiming to be from a company and are suspicious follow this advice:

    • Ask a number of questions that only you and the genuine company know such as contract number or purchase order number
    • Ask for the request to be made to an email address
    • Call the genuine company using your regular contact number and employee you deal with at least five minutes after ending the initial call as the phone line may have been kept open by the fraudster or use another telephone.

    If your company has received a call of this nature you are advised to contact police on 101 or Action Fraud.

    http://content.met.police.uk/Article/Construction-Fraud–Company-Impersonation/1400019610079/1400019610079

     

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Police Advice to Counter Construction Fraud & Company Impersonation

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  • Operation Sterling working in partnership with Transport for London has been made aware of fraudsters targeting companies involved in construction and infrastructure projects for the public sector.

    Companies involved in this type of fraud have been identified through transparency lists that are made publicly available. One project was targeted whereby the fraudsters impersonating a company claimed that their company IT systems were down and they were working manually.
    They claimed that they needed the project team to update them with any recent payments made to them and to verify any outstanding invoices to be paid. The project team were suspicious and asked a number of questions which weren’t answered. They then asked the fraudster to email their request to a specific email address. No email was received.

    Prevention Advice

    Should you receive a call from a person claiming to be from a company and are suspicious follow this advice:

    • Ask a number of questions that only you and the genuine company know such as contract number or purchase order number
    • Ask for the request to be made to an email address
    • Call the genuine company using your regular contact number and employee you deal with at least five minutes after ending the initial call as the phone line may have been kept open by the fraudster or use another telephone.

    If your company has received a call of this nature you are advised to contact police on 101 or Action Fraud.

    http://content.met.police.uk/Article/Construction-Fraud–Company-Impersonation/1400019610079/1400019610079

     

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    by Ron

Owner Sentenced After Surelock Investigates Ricky’s Fashions

  • September 10, 2013
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  • On Friday 9 March 2012 Surelock raided Ricky’s Fashions, 81-83 Middlewood Road, Sheffield S6 4GX, with Sheffield Trading Standards officers following a Surelock covert investigation.

    The Surelock team, Police and trading standards officers visited the shop, which was mainly selling ladies wear, and found one “Take That” heat transfer, a vinyl cutter and heat press. The owner. Mr. Ricky Baker, was very uncooperative and was arrested. Trading standards officers seized the cutter, press and laptop. From there the team went to his house where they found a large selection of various artists’ goods including T-shirts, hoodies and jeans. The artists included The Beatles, JLS, Justin Bieber, Metallica, Ndubz, Take That, The Wanted, One Direction, Ramones, Lady Gaga to name a few. All the counterfeit items were seized along with another computer and press.

    This company has been a major supplier of diamante style tops and other T-shirts in the North. In one month alone Mr Baker sold over £8000 of stock on EBay.

    In March 2013 Ricky Baker was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court to 4 months imprisonment for each offence (7 sample offences with 11 TICs) suspended for 2 years.

    On 6th September 2013 a confiscation order was made at Sheffield Crown Court for £25,000.00 to be paid within 14 days. A default sentence of 12 months was added.

    A costs order for £2,172.00 has also been made.

     

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Ricky Dean Baker T/A Ricky’s Fashions Sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court

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  • On Friday 9 March 2012 Surelock raided Ricky’s Fashions, 81-83 Middlewood Road, Sheffield S6 4GX, with Sheffield Trading Standards officers following a Surelock covert investigation.

    The Surelock team, Police and trading standards officers visited the shop, which was mainly selling ladies wear, and found one “Take That” heat transfer, a vinyl cutter and heat press. The owner. Mr. Ricky Baker, was very uncooperative and was arrested. Trading standards officers seized the cutter, press and laptop. From there the team went to his house where they found a large selection of various artists’ goods including T-shirts, hoodies and jeans. The artists included The Beatles, JLS, Justin Bieber, Metallica, Ndubz, Take That, The Wanted, One Direction, Ramones, Lady Gaga to name a few. All the counterfeit items were seized along with another computer and press.

    This company has been a major supplier of diamante style tops and other T-shirts in the North. In one month alone Mr Baker sold over £8000 of stock on EBay.

    In March 2013 Ricky Baker was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court to 4 months imprisonment for each offence (7 sample offences with 11 TICs) suspended for 2 years.

    On 6th September 2013 a confiscation order was made at Sheffield Crown Court for £25,000.00 to be paid within 14 days. A default sentence of 12 months was added.

    A costs order for £2,172.00 has also been made.

     

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    by Ron

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