Community service for Wembley Market trader caught with fake designer clothing
Seller had counterfeit clothing by high-end namees including D&G, Prada and Ed Hardy
A trader caught with thousands of pounds worth of fake designer goods on route to Wembley Market has been sentenced to community service.
Ahmet Cayir, 32, was snared during an operation to weed out rouge traders by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards Service (BHTTS).
Harrow Crown Court heard BHTSS officers teamed up with HM Revenue and Customs and DVLA to stop and search vehicles as they approached the worldwide famous market.
Cayir’s van contained 304 fake clothing branded with designer names including D&G, Diesel, Prada, Ed Hardy and G-STAR.
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If the goods were genuine they would be worth in the region of �77,000.
Last week, Cayir, from Hackney, east London, admitted one offence under the Trade Marks Act 1994 for possessing for sale counterfeit clothing.
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He was ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work and pay �400 prosecution costs to BHTSS.
Bill Bilon, head of BHTSS, said: “Time and time again, some traders seem to regard the sale of counterfeit goods as a victimless crime.
“However, it deprives legitimate businesses of the opportunity of trading on a level playing field and it is intrinsically linked to supporting the ‘black market’ economy.
“It is at times such as these that it is even more important that rogue traders need to be driven out as they do not make any contribution to the local or national economy.”