Man ordered to pay £683,144 for selling fakes at Eastgate Market in Ingoldmells

Counterfeit goods seized in Ingoldmells. ANL-151224-111800001
Counterfeit goods seized in Ingoldmells. ANL-151224-111800001

A man who sold fakes at Eastgate Market in Ingoldmells has been ordered to pay £683.444 compensation.

This follows the sentencing on February 19, of Iftakhar Ahmed, 41, from Walsall, earlier this year, when he and his two sons, Asad Iftakhar and Hasan Iftakhar, were handed prison sentences of two years and six months, 12 months and six months respectively.

The crime was no small operation

His Honourable Judge Heath

They were sentenced for 11 Trade Mark Offences including selling and possession of counterfeit goods including POCA (proceeds of crime act) Offences’.

The compensation order was made at Lincoln Crown Court on Tuesday.

Ahmed must pay the full amount within three months or face a five-year prison sentence, with the amount payable increasing with interest during this time, potentially leading to further prison sentences.

In his judgment, His Honourable Judge Heath confirmed that the crime ‘was no small operation’ and ‘that the defendant had not provided compelling evidence in relation to expenditure’ in order to reduce the amount payable.

In 2011, Nike discovered that copies of their trainers were being sold in significant quantities from Trainerz4U and 350 Sea Lane.

They joined forces with Lincolnshire Trading Standards, Lincolnshire Police and representatives from Adidas to raid the market stalls, seizing enough counterfeit clothing to fill two 40ft shipping containers.

The dad was arrested and later released on bail. The twins attended a voluntary interview conducted by Trading Standards at a later date.

Trading Standards continued to monitor the stalls, while further investigations were being carried out, and found more fakes just one year later, infringing the trademarks of Hunter, Vivienne Westwood, Superdry, Armani, Jack Wills, Hollister, Barbour, Tom’s and others.

Another raid was carried out in August 2014 and over 200 items were confiscated.

Following Tuesday’s order Alan Griffin, trading standards officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 allows us to work with the police to pursue the assets of those who deal in counterfeit trademark goods, recouping the profits they have made from their criminal activities, in addition to any sentence they have received.

“We are committed to using this legislation to target those who are benefiting from their crimes in Lincolnshire.”