Wembley Market trader fined for selling counterfeit clothing

If goods were genuine they would have been worth �120,000

A TRADER at Wembley Market has been fined for selling fake sportswear to his unsuspecting customers.

Sajjad Ghaffar, 42, was snared after officers from Brent and Harrow Trading Standards Service (BHTSS) teamed up with the police to raid his stall in September last year.

On Tuesday (1), Brent Magistrates heard 2,142 items bearing well-known names including Ben Sherman, Adidias, Superdry and Lyle and Scott were seized from his stall as was �1,256 in cash that was found on Ghaffar.

If the goods were genuine they would have been worth more than �120,000.

Ghaffar, from east London, admitted 11 offences under the Trade Marks Act and a further two offences relating to another stall he has in Kempton Park Market in Surrey.

The trader admitted he knew the goods were counterfeit but he ‘needed the money’.

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He was sentenced to 100 hours community service, ordered to pay �1,499 in prosecution costs to BHTSS and the cash seized during the raid has been confiscated by the court.

Bill Bilon, head of BHTSS, said: “This is yet another example of a Wembley Market trader who believed that he could get away with selling fake goods to the public.

“I hope that this case serves as a warning to anyone who is involved in the sale of counterfeit goods that they will be prosecuted and, if found guilty, will be fined or sent to prison.”