Market trader in Ingoldmells jailed for selling counterfeit goods

Ranbir Singh Dhanoa (69) was found to be offering branded clothing such as Adidas, Nike, Converse, Lacoste and Fred Perry at his Eastgate Market stall, Ingoldmells, ANL-180420-115901001
Ranbir Singh Dhanoa (69) was found to be offering branded clothing such as Adidas, Nike, Converse, Lacoste and Fred Perry at his Eastgate Market stall, Ingoldmells, ANL-180420-115901001

A Skegness stallholder is beginning a six-month jail sentence after being found guilty at Lincoln Crown Court of selling counterfeit clothing.

Ranbir Singh Dhanoa (69) was found to be offering branded clothing such as Adidas, Nike, Converse, Lacoste and Fred Perry at his Eastgate Market stall, Ingoldmells, following an investigation by Trading Standards officers in June, 2016.

Samples of the clothing found were sent to trade mark representatives and confirmed as being counterfeit.

Mr Dhanoa was charged with 10 counts of contravention of the Trade Marks Act 1994 and one charge of possession of criminal property.

After a three-day trial, he was found guilty of all charges by a majority verdict. He was ordered to pay £11,862.86 in costs which he must pay within the next 12 months.

Mr Dhanoa claimed to have given notice on the stall and had removed his stock prior to the discovery of the counterfeit items on June 15, 2016.

The court ordered the forfeiture and disposal of the items discovered at the direction of Trading Standards.

Senior Trading Standards officer Kirsty Toyne said: “Selling fake goods is a serious crime and one we do everything in our power to stop.

“Many people think the trade of counterfeit goods is a victimless crime but that is not the case. Counterfeit goods can often pose a real risk to human safety and they always have a negative effect on genuine businesses.

“But what is not widely known is the money generated in the background from this illegal trade all too often goes towards funding serious organised crime.

“No honest person would ever hand over money to people who deal in drugs, guns, people trafficking or terrorism. But increasingly, this is exactly where money generated by these activities is ending up.”