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Fake gym kits seized in Edmonton

Published Friday, 23 March 2012

More than 1,500 fake health and beauty products, which were seized during a raid on an Edmonton import firm, will be recycled to raise money for the council.

Cllr Bond

Enfield's Trading Standards raided Memon Group’s Goodwin Road offices in September 2010 and found fake gym kits, foot manicure products, hair combs and dry cleaning foam that had been imported from China.

The group was fined £52,000 in December at Wood Green Crown Court and two managers were jailed. Now the gym kits are being sold off by Enfield Council, given the high price of metal.

Cabinet member for environment, Councillor Chris Bond, said: “Counterfeit goods that are seized are routinely destroyed either in an incinerator or by sending them for landfill, but we thought that it would be better to recycle these products given the high value of metal at the moment and avoid waste disposal costs for the council instead.”

The goods were sourced in China, manufactured to order and shipped by the container load, with barcodes on the products signed off by Memon Group’s general manager Abdul Mithwala, under the direction of the sales manager Hanif Memon.

Memon was handed seven sentences of 15 months in prison, to run concurrently, and Mithawala three sentences of nine months, also to run concurrently.


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