Crime against fashion! Trading Standards busts rogue trader in fake designer handbag raid

Fake MK bags

The traders garage was packed to the rafters. Officers seized 776 fake handbags and merchandise including Chanel, Mulberry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Prada.

 

A rogue market trader from Harrow, who thought he had a huge profit in the bag, instead faces a £1,000 fine and has lost all his fake merchandise after police and Council Trading Standards officers swooped on his home and vehicle.

Habibullah Salary, from Harrow, must have known it wasn’t going to be his day, when his van was stopped by the police. After making some enquiries, they found the back of his van laden with counterfeits.  They then searched his home and contacted Brent & Harrow Trading Standards officers  when their search uncovered a further haul of fake handbags and trainers.  

Trading Standards determined the fakes had a street value of as much as £23,000 and found evidence that he had operated a stall at Bovingdon Market in Hertfordshire. Salary was said to be flogging the shoddy bags at £20-£30

Cllr Varsha Parmar, cabinet member for environment said:

“It might have been a series of unfortunate events for Salary, but thanks to our officers and the police, that’s another one off our streets. Rogues like him are driven by greed, to make quick money by selling knock-off gear. It’s just not on and simply unfair on traders and business operating properly.”

At Willesden Magistrates Court, Salary was convicted of possession for sale counterfeit goods, and was given 60 hours unpaid work, a fine £500, costs of £562.50 and victim surcharge of £85. A total of £1147.50.

Simon Legg, Senior Trading Standards Service Manager said

“Salary’s game was over when our officers raided his garage – despite his lack of cooperation with our investigation, there was no way he could lie his way out of it. Its our job to enforce the law,  to protect consumers and legitimate businesses selling genuine products, and we’ll continue to come down on anyone else trading illegally and irresponsibly."

If you know of a business selling counterfeit goods report them to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.

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