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Bradford trader is fined for selling fake goods
A Bradford shop owner who sold hundreds of counterfeit products in his city centre store has been fined and given a community order.
Among the counterfeit goods available in Beauty and Fragrance on James Street were fake Rolex watches, Louis Vuitton fashion accessories and Christian Dior belly bars.
Mr Hussain, who has since shut the shop, was caught after West Yorkshire Trading Standards were tipped off he was selling fake goods in the store last summer.
A test purchase in September 2012 revealed a belt bought at the store was fake, and this led to an immediate inspection of the goods he stocked.
Dennis Schulman, prosecuting, told the court that in a police interview Hussain said he bought a ‘job lot’ of goods cheaply and without paperwork from a supplier. On realising they were fake, he tried to return them to the supplier, but was unable to contact them.
He decided to sell them in the store anyway and says he informed customers they were not genuine.
Items he sold were branded with designer logos such as Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, Max Factor and Versace.
Among the haul by trading standards were 17 belly bars, 129 items of fake Chanel jewellery, 40 Christian Dior hair grips and 16 Louis Vuitton Malletier bags. Although some of the products found by trading standards officers were genuine, the majority were fakes.
After being questioned, he promised to sell only non-branded items in the store, but has since shut the business.
Hussain, who had no previous convictions before his arrest, was given a 12-month community order, 40 hours’ unpaid work and ordered to pay £250 costs.
After the case, David Lodge, of West Yorkshire Trading Standards said: “Although this was only a relatively small seizure of goods it is important that a strong message is sent to those who chose to break the law by dealing in counterfeit goods.
“West Yorkshire Trading Standards takes a hard line on counterfeiters and will continue to protect the interests of consumers and legitimate businesses who are ultimately the ones who lose out.”