Market trader caught flogging fake goods in Barking
A market trader selling designer jewellery worth thousands of pounds has been fined – after his stock was found to be cheap knock-offs.
Bablu Pathan, 45, of Ilford, was found in possession of 233 necklaces, brooches and pairs of earrings bearing luxury brand names such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Michael Kors.
He pleaded guilty to five trade mark offences at Barkingside Magistrates Court on Friday 23 November and was ordered to pay a £669 fine, £1,000 costs and £45 victim surcharge.
The counterfeit haul was seized by Trading Standards officers during a routine inspection of Barking market in December last year. Had the items been genuine, they would have had a retail price tag in excess of £40,000.
Councillor Margaret Mullane, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, said: "Selling fake products is not a victimless crime. Just because it has the logo of a well-known brand on it doesn’t mean it is made of the same quality or meet the same safety standards.
"While cheap knock-offs might seem like a bargain for your back pocket, there could be dangers as well as disappointment."
To help people spot a fake product, Barking and Dagenham Council Trading Standards officers have the following tips:
- Check the price. The old saying 'if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!' - question why and how a product can be sold so cheaply.
- Check the seller. Buy from retailers you trust and check their returns policy.
- Check the quality. Poor quality is usually an indicator of fakes – but not always.
- Check the package. Look for unfamiliar brands, foreign writing or no warning labels / pictures. Fake alcohol may have labels that aren't straight, have glue around the edges, spelling mistakes, or there may be sediments in the bottle.
If anyone has any doubt about any letter from the council, please contact the Trading Standards team on firstname.lastname@example.org.