Willesden Market trader admits selling counterfeit designer clothing

Dodgy seller faces being stripped of his assets

A market trader faces having his assets seized after he was caught selling fake designer clothing on his stall.

Amit Kumar was snared after Brent and Harrow Trading Standards Service (BHTSS) carried out a number of test purchases on his stall at Willesden Market between June and December 2009.

Harrow Crown Court heard the 34-year-old sold counterfeit bags, belts, sunglasses, caps and jewellery bearing names such as Levis, D&G, Gucci, Hugo Boss, DKNY, Louis Vuitton, Diesel, G Star, Christian Dior, Prada and Lacoste at both Willesden and Kempton Market.

Fake goods were also seized from a storage facility he used in Slough.

If Kumar’s merchandise were genuine they would be worth more than �100,000.

Kumar, who was cautioned for selling fake goods in Hounslow five years ago, initially denied he owned the stock but he later admitted two counts of breaching the Trade Marks Act.

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He was ordered to carry out 180 hours of community work, and some of his assets have already been frozen by BHTSS as they investigate his finances for a confiscation hearing in the future.

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

“Despite a caution in 2006 and two seizures of counterfeit goods on different occasions, Kumar was persistent and must have known of his wrong doing.”