A market trader jailed after he was caught selling counterfeit designer trainers in Ingoldmells today (Wednesday) had assets of almost £15,000 confiscated with the threat of further time in prison unless he pays up.
Mohammed Rangzeb was ruled to have benefited from his crimes by £14,475 which was ordered to be confiscated from his available assets. He faces an additional nine month jail sentence if the money is not handed over within six months
Recorder Nigel Daly, sitting at Lincoln Crown Court, also ordered that Rangzeb should pay £3,000 towards prosecution costs.
Rangzeb, 35, of Thornton Lodge, Huddersfield, was arrested after over 500 pairs of fake designers were recovered by trading standards officers following an undercover surveillance operation in August 2011 at Eastgate Market, Ingoldmells where Rangzeb had two stalls.
A second man Mohammed Abbas, 26, also of Huddersfield, was ruled to have no available assets and ordered to pay a nominal figure of £1.
In July both men admitted two charges of possessing counterfeit training shoes. Rangzeb was jailed for six months. Abbas, who also pleaded guilty to a single charge of selling a pair of counterfeit trainers, was given a six month jail sentence suspended for 18 months.
The earlier hearing was told that Lincolnshire County Council trading standards officers carried out searches after buying a pair of fake Nike Swoosh trainers for £25 during a test purchase at a stall. Genuine Nike Swoosh trainers sold for £85 a pair at the time.
In total 256 pairs of fake Nike trainers and 323 pairs of counterfeit Adidas trainers with a combined retail value of £14,475 were seized from the stalls and a caravan.
The court heard that Rangzeb had a previous conviction for a similar offence in Northampton.