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Fake goods fraudsters caught thanks to council

Published Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Two fraudsters who were caught distributing fake goods were both jailed for over four years after they were prosecuted by Enfield Council.

Egido Kuba, 40, from Stanley Road, Cambridge, pleaded guilty to one count of the Distribution of Counterfeit Goods and one count of Doing an Act Tending and Intended to Pervert the Course of Justice at Wood Green Crown Court on 15 December last year. He was jailed for four years and six months.

Amisi Chora Michelino, 37, from Hertford Road, EN3, was jailed for four years and three months for distributing the fake items.

The court heard the men had a network of contacts, including churchgoers who accepted deliveries of counterfeit goods on the men’s behalf. The goods were then sold on by a complex system of associates. A number of agencies helped Enfield Council’s Trading Standards in their investigations, including the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the UK Border Force.

Both men were investigated by Enfield Council’s Trading Standards Team for the distribution of large quantities of counterfeit goods, which were cheaply manufactured in China and imported into the UK.

The items included clothes, watches and jewellery supposedly by brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Chanel and Rolex. They have been seized and will be destroyed.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “These sentences send out a clear message that crime does not pay. Counterfeiting is not a victimless crime, it funds other types of serious organised crime and the goods sold are often of poor quality and often pose a real danger to the people using them.

“Counterfeiting damages legitimate business and we will not tolerate it in this borough. We will continue to prosecute anyone that we find selling these items in Enfield.”

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, minister for intellectual property, said: “Intellectual property theft harms consumers and businesses alike and it will not be tolerated by this government.

“I have repeatedly warned those looking to profit from counterfeiting and intellectual property crime that we will continue to seize their goods, stop their trade, and prosecute those responsible.

“This sentencing is great example of how joined up partnership working can effectively disrupt criminal networks.”

What to do if you are a victim of counterfeit fraud:

If you purchased an item you believed to be genuine but now believe it may be counterfeit you can Link or call 0300 123 2040

You can also contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06 for advice or Link for more information.

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