Judge blows final whistle on footy fraudster! £100k bill for rogue trader who sold rip-off goods

Trading Standards

A Harrow salesman caught hawking tens-of-thousands of fake football sew on patches , and other merchandise has been slapped with a £100k bill – thanks to Brent & Harrow Trading Standards.

A council bust uncovered more than 30,000 rip-off items at Kiran Ruda’s Stanmore property last year. Among the huge haul were copies of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United merchandise, as well as knock-offs of global mega-brands including Marvel, Hello Kitty and Angry Birds.

Ruda was importing the fake patches, bags, watches, hats, wallets and scarves from China – and selling them online – including through Amazon. He was ordered to pay £89,000, as well as the Council’s costs of £16,323.97, at Harrow Crown Court on 17 July following a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

Cllr Varsha Parmar, cabinet member for environment said:

“It was game over for Ruda’s scam when our officers hunted his operations down. It’s great to protect consumers from knock-offs and fakes… It’s even better to make sure that crime doesn’t pay!

“This is what we do - we’ll take on any business or trader operating illegally and irresponsibly. You can help us by reporting dodgy dealers – even when you see them online.”

Kiran Ruda, 39, traded as ‘Make it Magical Crafts and Gifts’. Last year he pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court to nine counts of selling counterfeit Premier League merchandise and children’s goods online. He was fined £5,000 and given an 18-month suspended sentence.