Market trader ordered to repay proceeds from sales of fake goods
22 October 2019
A market trader who sold counterfeit goods has been ordered by a judge to hand over £24,596 following a successful prosecution by Cheshire East Council.
Trading standards officers found branded items being sold by Imran Khan, at Crewe Town Square market, were fake and launched a criminal investigation. Khan sold items carrying leading brand names, such as Nike, Adidas and Armani but the goods were cheap imitations.
Khan, 36, from Reservoir Street, Walsall, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three charges of selling and supplying counterfeit goods under the 1994 Trade Marks Act. He was ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid community work. The proceeds of crime confiscation will be shared between the council, the courts and tribunal service and the Home Office. Monies recovered by the council help to fund further asset recovery work and some community projects.
Khan, who had similar previous convictions, was told by the judge at Chester Crown Court that he must pay the money within three months or face a nine months’ prison sentence. The court heard he had assets valued at more than £111,000, including three properties.
Trading standards officers identified the fake goods during a visit to the market as part of an investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods in the borough.
Councillor Mick Warren, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for communities, said: “It is the responsibility of our trading standards officers to protect our residents from unscrupulous traders and, hopefully, this case sends a message to all traders that we will prosecute where there is evidence of illegal activity.
“The vast majority of our market traders are honest, law-abiding people but we would urge shoppers always to be cautious when purchasing branded items being sold at a knock-down price.
“While this is a crime that may appear to be victimless, there can be an impact on legitimate businesses, whose reputations are damaged by the poor quality of counterfeit goods. Often vital safety elements are ignored and there can be a link to further organised crime. ”