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Clothes blow for counterfeiter

Published Monday, 19 March 2012

A trader who sold counterfeit designer clothes and accessories has been jailed for nine months after he was caught by Enfield Council's Trading standards officers.

Chris Bond - Councillor

Ibrahim Guder, 33, of Willowfield, Harlow, was convicted of 12 offences under the Trade Marks Act and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment for 10 of the offences and eight months for two others on Friday 9 March. The sentences will run concurrently.  The court has also ordered that all the property seized should be destroyed.
 
Trading Standards officers and police visited an upstairs office in Ponders End in December 2008 and found 2,891 items with a retail value of more than £20,000 ready for sale over the Christmas period. He was charged with 12 offences and found guilty of 10 offences by a jury at Southwark Crown Court on 10 February, admitting the other two during the trial.
 
Amongst the items found were counterfeit items by a number of fashion houses including Ralph Lauren shirts, Louis Vuitton  handbags, Links of London jewellery, Nike trainers, Timberland boots, Chloe T-shirts, Prada purses, Stone Island sweaters, Moschino jeans, Fred Perry shirts D&G jeans, History Iceberg jeans and Scarface T-shirts.
 
The police tipped Enfield Council off about the clothing in Ponders End.  Once there, we found a photograph of Mr Guder attached to a printer as well as his mobile phone, car keys and a computer. 
 
Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: "The sale of counterfeit items is not a victimless crime, these items are usually extremely poor quality and in many cases their sale helps to fund more serious crimes such as people smuggling, drug dealing and prostitution.
 
"I would urge residents to let us know if they think traders are dealing in counterfeit items so we can investigate and take action if necessary.
 
"This case sends a strong message that we do not tolerate counterfeiters operating in our borough and we will bring them to justice regardless of how long it takes. This prosecution is an excellent example of the strong partnership work between our trading standards and legal teams and the police."

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