Couple fined for selling fake St. Louis Rams and New England Patriots scarves at NFL match in Wembley Stadium
PUBLISHED: 15:37 03 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:45 03 October 2013
A couple who sold sports souvenirs yards away from Wembley Stadium have been fined for selling counterfeit scarves to American football fans.
Anthony and Cathryn Duke of Bridge Road, Wembley, traded on stadium event days from their pitch on the corner of Fulton Road and Olympic Way.
Brent Magistrates Court heard they were caught selling the fake merchandise at the NFL match between the St. Louis Rams and the New England Patriots in October last year.
Despite being given the chance to remove the scarves from their stall by officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards Service (BHTSS) they continued to sell them to unsuspecting customers.
A total of 75 were seized.
The court heard BHTSS had previously confiscated suspected counterfeit goods from their stall in the past.
They both admitted selling scarves which infringed NFL’s trade mark, contrary to the Trade Marks Act 1994.
Anthony Duke was ordered to pay BHTSS £890 in prosecution costs plus a £120 victim surcharge and his wife was fined £200 plus a £20 victim surcharge.
Wembley Sports Souvenirs Limited, the couple’s company, is registered at an address in Hackney, east London.
Bill Bilon, head of BHTSS, said: “It is important that Wembley Stadium continues to attract big events such as American Football and fans, many of whom travel long distances and greatly look forward to events, should not be mislead into buying fake mechanise from unscrupulous traders who can look like official retailers due to their close proximity to the stadium.”
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