A market stall worker was fined nearly £3000 for selling fake branded luxury bags and purses from the now defunct Wembley market.
Trading Standards from Brent Council carried out a routine inspection of the bag and luggage stall in February 2015. A casual worker, Mr Khybar Amiri, 26 years old, of Hale Lane, Edgware, was left in charge of the stall whilst the owner was away on holiday. During this time, Mr Amiri used cash from the stall takings to buy nearly 300 counterfeit bags and purses, containing brands such as Louis Vitton, Michael Kors, Prada and Chanel which he then sold at a knock-down price.
The Trading Standards Officer from Brent noticed the trade marked goods on sale and believing they were counterfeit, seized them for further inspection. Expert examination confirmed they were not genuine trade marked products.
Following his initial 'not guilty' plea in early April, Mr Amiri subsequently pleaded guilty to four counts of displaying these fake, trade marked goods for sale, at his trial on 9 August this year, at Willesden Magistrates Court.
Cllr Pavey, Lead Member for Stronger Communities, Brent Council, said:
"We're always keen to ensure that members of the public are protected from buying shoddy and sub-standard goods. At the same time, we're helping businesses who sell legitimate items by making sure they don't face unfair competition from those trading illegal products.
"The total fines and costs handed out by the court show that selling fake, trade marked goods will not be tolerated in Brent, and our Trading Standards officers will continue to monitor and take appropriate action whenever required."