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Eight Months in Prison for Fake Clothes Racket

  • March 26, 2016
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  • This successful prosecution followed a covert operation by Surelock, working on behalf of TRAP (Trade Mark and Rights Holders Against Piracy) identifying websites and making test purchases of our clients’ counterfeit merchandise, then working  with Central Bedfordshire Trading Standards to identify the offender and raid the premises.  All printing equipment, four computers, presses, blanks and paperwork were seized. The main counterfeits being sold were 1D, Kiss, Nirvana, Motorhead, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Stone Roses.

    A man who raked in more than £53,000 from selling counterfeit clothes has been handed an eight-month jail sentence.

    Nilupul Hettiarachchige, of Acacia Rd, Bedford, admitted eight charges, including knowingly taking part in running a fraudulent business, after being raided by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Trading Standards team.

    Hettiarachchige’s operation ran from November 2012 until October 2014 before the council’s team raided his house and seized items of clothing, printing equipment and computers.

    The business included selling fake t-shirts and hoodies on well-known websites, such as Amazon and eBay. Seized garments have been de-branded and sent to charities to be resold or distributed.

    Executive Member for Community Services Cllr Brian Spurr said: “This is another superb result for our Trading Standards team who work tirelessly to catch people like this.

    “While there may be a temptation in making some quick cash by making and selling counterfeit goods it is against the law and as this case has proven, you could face time in prison for your criminal activities.”

    The issue of forfeiture of computer and printing equipment, along with prosecution costs, will be decided in August when there will be a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing.

    The council will be seeking to obtain all of the proceeds made from Hettiarachchige’s illegal activity.

    http://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/local/eight-months-in-prison-for-fake-clothes-racket-1-7295076

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Gang Face Jail for Selling Fake Clothing Including 1D Garments on eBay

  • March 21, 2016
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  • This successful prosecution followed a covert operation by Surelock, working on behalf of TRAP (Trade Mark and Rights Holders Against Piracy) identifying eBay sites and making test purchases of our clients’ counterfeit merchandise, then working  with Plymouth Trading Standards to identify the offenders and raid the premises

    Three people face jail for their part in an operation selling fake goods worth tens of thousands of pounds – including One Direction clothing.

    Kenneth Colley, aged 43, his former partner Anna Strzelecka, aged 39, and 45-year-old Jason Ross were part of a gang which offered counterfeit garments for sale on Ebay for three years.

    Prosecutors claim the operation made more than £150,000 – though this figure is disputed by the defendants.

    Clothes bearing false trademarks such as One Direction and Boy London were sold on Ebay between 2009 and 2012.

    File photo dated 06/06/15 of (left to right) Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles of One Direction, who confirmed their status as one of the biggest Ð and most lucrative Ð groups in the world, as it was revealed they earned £6.15 million a month in 2014. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday October 16, 2015. Their company, 1d Media Limited, achieved a turnover of £73.7 million last year according to their annual financial statement. That is £6.15 million a month or £202,014 a day. See PA story SHOWBIZ OneDirection. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

    The gang even had an expensive machine designed to print fake labels, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

    Colley, of Risdon Avenue, Prince Rock, and Strzelecka, of nearby Embankment Road, pleaded guilty to selling goods bearing false trade marks between July 2009 and July 2012.

     The court heard the maximum jail term for the offence was 14 years.

    Colley alone admitted possession of goods bearing false trade marks for sale between the same dates.  He also pleaded guilty to applying false trade marks to goods.

    Colley also admitted possession of a printing unit – namely a Coolemaster computer tower and printers – specifically designed to label clothing with a copy of a registered trademark.

    Colley, Strzelecka, and Ross, of Penmere Drive, Newquay all pleaded guilty to possession, conversion or transfer of criminal property, namely the proceeds from selling the fakes.

    Prosecutors from Plymouth City Council have previously described the operation as a “large commercial enterprise” which netted the gang between £150,000 and £180,000.

    Recorder Nicholas Hall adjourned the case until April 25 for a fact-finding hearing to establish the role Colley played in the gang.

    A judge will also assess how much Colley and Ross made from the operation.

    The trio will be sentenced and are then likely to face further court proceedings to seize their ill-gotten gains.

    They were each released on unconditional bail.

    Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Gang-tens-thousands-selling-fake-clothing/story-28949380-detail/story.html#ixzz43YKiMyAt

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