Barry shopkeeper fined £1200 for selling counterfeit alcohol


Published 28 August 2014


Mohammed Sultan of Best One on High Street, Barry pleaded guilty to selling and exposing for sale counterfeit vodka found to be injurious to health at Cardiff and Vale Magistrates Court on Thursday 21 August.


The joint investigation undertaken by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Trading Standards and Environmental Health teams came after a complaint from a member of the public, which said that the vodka seemed “fake” and had a “strange taste.”


Vale Council staff with the counterfeit vodkaA number of bottles of vodka branded as Selekt were seized by Council officers and sent to the public analyst for testing. The product was found to contain isopropanol, which if ingested could lead to blindness.


The investigation found that Mr Sultan had purchased the vodka from an individual selling out of the back of his van. The seller also provided a fake invoice for the vodka.


The court heard that it was Mr Sultan's first offence of selling counterfeit goods. He was fined £130 for each offence, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £805.44. The total fine was £1,215.44.


The Magistrates also granted an order for the forfeiture and destruction of the counterfeit vodka.


Principal Trading Standards Officer Christina Roberts-Kinsey said: “This case clearly shows the importance of purchasing stock from reputable traders. The consequences of selling counterfeit goods that are injurious to health are serious. In this case we are very lucky no one was seriously injured.”


Leader of the Council Neil Moore added: “This is another example of the importance of the work undertaken by Trading Standards and Environmental Health in safeguarding the public. If residents have any concerns or information regarding counterfeit items I would urge you to contact our officers on 01446 709105.”