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Kilburn shop owner fined for stocking counterfeit handbags

8 February 2019

A shop owner on Kilburn High Road, Mr Jacobs, has been found guilty on 5 charges of possessing for supply counterfeit handbags and purses and was fined £1200 following action by Brent Councils’ Trading Standards team. Mr Jacobs pleaded not guilty at Willesden Magistrates Court on 13 November 2018 and the trial was set for the 30 January 2019.

Mr Jacobs was the Director of Limited and traded from 231 Kilburn High Road. His shop was visited by Trading Standards Officers on 20 July 2017 and 70 branded items including Prada, Gucci, and Burberry that were suspected of being counterfeit, were seized.

During the trial, Mr Jacob was unable to establish the checks he had carried out to make sure the goods he was selling were genuine and produced no invoices of where he purchased them. The Court heard that Mr Jacob had not co-operated with Trading Standards throughout their investigation. The Magistrates found Mr Jacob guilty of all the offences and as well as fining him £1200, he was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120 and costs of £1200. The seized goods were also forfeited.

Cllr Tom Miller, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said, “The conviction of a shop owner in Kilburn is a great example of our work to protect local businesses who trade lawfully. People who sell counterfeit goods threaten the safety of people who buy from them and cost our economy billions of pounds every year. The dishonest sale of counterfeit goods steals from businesses who invest and work hard to build a reputable brand. Fake goods are poor quality, rip off members of the public and we will take firm action against anyone suspected of breaking the law. If you know of a business selling counterfeit goods, please report them to Trading Standards via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.”