Facebook trader sentenced for selling fake merchandise
Published 24 February 2015
A Barry man has been handed a suspended prison sentence for selling counterfeit clothing and accessories.
On 27 January 2015 Che Siirak of York Place, Barry was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for 12 months and was ordered to undertake 120 hours of community service.
Siirak pleaded guilty to 15 offences under the Trade Marks Act relating to the possession and supply of counterfeit goods including Dre Beats speakers, clothing bearing the registered trade mark of Gucci and Louis Vuitton, together with watches bearing Rolex, Tag Heuer, and Michael Kors trademarks.
The prosecution was brought by the Council’s Trading Standards Service after items were seized by South Wales Police as part of a separate investigation. Trading Standards discovered that items were being offered for sale via Facebook, and all of the products seized were tested and found to be counterfeit by industry and brand experts.
In sentencing Siirak the Judge, His Honour Justice Furness, remarked that Siirak had a considerable and noteworthy criminal record and that he had knowingly sold items for profit that he knew were not genuine, although he acknowledged that he had not been involved in the production of the goods. In addition, he ordered Siirak to pay £5000 towards the prosecution costs, along with a £100 victim surcharge.
Christina Roberts, Principal Trading Standards Officer, said: “This case shows how the Courts view these offences very seriously. Siirak came close to being imprisoned and also lost the counterfeit goods he was selling, which are forfeit and will be destroyed. I hope that will also provide a deterrent to others who may be contemplating this.
“Sometimes, people knowingly buy copied designer goods as they believe they are securing the designer look without the price tag but on other occasions, they are scammed and believe they are buying the real deal.”
Leader of the Council, Neil Moore, said: “Our Trading Standards officers continue to work proactively across the Vale of Glamorgan to deal with cases such as this, in order to protect the community from potentially unsafe and inferior good and also to protect legitimate businesses. We work closely with South Wales Police to disrupt criminality within the area as well as other TSO’s across Wales, to deal with such offences.”
Anybody with information on individuals selling counterfeit goods can contact the Trading Standards Department in confidence by calling 01446 709105 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.