Trader admits selling fake Hollister, Ralph Lauren, Nike and Adidas clothing at Wembley Market
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A trader who sold fake clothing on a stall in Wembley Market has been ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid community work.
Kurshid Ahmed admitted selling the counterfeit items bearing names including Hollister, Ralph Lauren, Nike and Adidas to his unsuspecting customer.
Brent Magistrates’ Court heard when officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards alongside Tokyngton Safer Neighbourhoods Team raided his stall they seized 275 items which would have been worth £10,000 if they were genuine.
When Ahmed was arrested and interviewed he initially claimed it was his second time working at the market and he was being paid £40 a day by somebody called ‘Lala Khan’.
He also claimed he had never worked as a market trader anywhere else but was found in possession of a receipt for renting a stall at Bovingdon Market the day before.
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In court Ahmed told the magistrate through an interpreter that he did not intentionally break the law as he had no knowledge the goods were fake and no understanding of the legislation.
He also requested leniency as he supported his sick wife and four children and currently only had a limited income working as a pizza delivery driver.
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His early guilty plea to four offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 and circumstances were taken into consideration for his sentencing.
He was also ordered to pay £400 towards prosecution costs.
Bill Bilon, Head of Brent and Harrow Trading Standards, said: “We continually take action against those who trade in fake goods at Wembley Market but as soon as one trader is caught and prosecuted, there are others who come and replace them.
“Those individuals that turn up at the market seeking casual employment on stalls selling designer goods should ensure that the stock is legitimate otherwise they too could find themselves in front of the courts and end up with a financial penalty or, even worse, a prison sentence”.