Dagenham market trader fined for flogging fake clothing brands

A trader at Dagenham Sunday Market has been ordered to pay over £3,000 after being caught selling fake goods.

Mr Ranjit Larr, of Norfolk Road, Ilford, was found selling a variety of top designer brands including Christian Dior, Moncler, Ralph Lauren, and Superdry.

When our trading standards officers searched the 48-year-old’s market store, they discovered 51 items of clothing without a registered trademark.

The goods were later checked by the trademark representatives and confirmed as counterfeit.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, the Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, said preventing counterfeit goods being sold was important to protect members of the public.

Not a victimless crime

Cllr Mullane said: “Selling fake goods is often seen as a victimless crime but that is not the case. All too often they are an inferior product and, in some situations, can be potentially dangerous.”

Mr Larr pleaded guilty at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Friday, 25 May 2018 where he was fined £250 as well as a £30 victim surcharge. The council were awarded costs of £2,832, which Mr Larr will repay at £150 per month.

Cllr Mullane added: “We will use all available powers in our fight against fakes and ensure the residents of our borough do not end up out of pocket by a lookalike product.”

In addition to the sentences, the court ordered the forfeiture of all the seized counterfeit goods.