Counterfeit clothes seller sentenced

A TRADER has been sentenced after he pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit clothing at Stockport Magistrates Court.

Ibrahim Akhtar, of Hove Drive, Fallowfield, Manchester, admitted 123 offences under the Trade Marks Act 1994 on Thursday 28 January 2010.

The 29-year-old was sentenced to eight weeks in prison for each offence to run concurrently, which was suspended for 12 months.

He was also ordered to attend sessions with the probation services to rehabilitate him and given a three month curfew from 7pm to 7am seven days a week.

Full costs of £4,500 were awarded to Stockport Council who brought the case following a detailed investigation. All of the clothing seized is to be forfeited to the council’s Trading Standards team.

Between 2006 to 2009 Akhtar traded from a stall at Stockport Market. Acting on intelligence received, Trading Standards officers raided his stall on four separate occasions and found a substantial amount of counterfeit clothing.

As a result of this Akhtar’s tenure on the stall was terminated by the market superintendent. Akhtar then proceeded to trade from a premises on Castle Street, Edgeley, known as Kell’s Wardrobe.

Further intelligence led to these premises being Trading Standards officers and more counterfeit clothing was seized. In total the garments seized had an estimated street value of around £9,000.

Cllr Stuart Bodsworth, executive member for the environment, said: “The selling of counterfeit clothing by dodgy traders will not be tolerated in Stockport. It is unfair for borough residents to be misled by traders who knowingly sell fake goods and try to rip people off.

“I would like to thank everybody involved in this investigation for their work in protecting local people from having their hard earned money taken off them under false pretences.”

Consumers who may have information regarding the supply of counterfeit goods are advised to contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

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