A man operating online and with a storage unit in Alperton has been given a six months sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay costs of £12,500 and a confiscation order of £19,674 forfeiting his criminal profits after pleading guilty to the possession and sale of counterfeit items at Harrow Crown Court.
Kasimali Hajiyani, 34, sold thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit toners, memory cards and mobile phone accessories via his company KAS Trading UK Limited.
The investigation into Hajiyani and his company by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards found that Hajiyani sold counterfeit items and unsafe chargers via ‘electrohubktl’ and ‘Electro Hub KTL’ on eBay, and ‘Electrohub’ on Amazon.
Over 3,000 items were seized from Mr Hajiyani’s home, car and storage unit. A calculation of the loss to the industry has been estimated as £226,541.
Simon Legg, Trading Standards Senior Regulatory Service Manager, said:
“This counterfeiting operation took place over a number of years, making considerable profits and harming the brand holders reputation as purchasers were unknowingly using inferior counterfeit goods. Mr Hajiyani enriched himself with little regard to the potential safety risks of selling counterfeit products or the damage he was doing to legitimate businesses.
Cllr Tom Miller, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said: “Buying fake goods affects legitimate businesses. They are often bad quality and in most cases unsafe.
“This man made a small fortune selling fake goods over the internet, duping the consumer into thinking they had bought genuine printer toners and mobile phone accessories when they had not.
“I hope it’s a lesson to others who may be ripping off the public, that if we find them even if they are trading online or at home and we will not hesitate to take action against them.”