Suspended sentence for importing counterfeit goods

Mrs Gaiqing Yang of Sutton appeared at Croydon Crown Court on 27 June following guilty pleas of two offences under the Fraud Act and the Trademarks Act for running a fraudulent business and being in possession of counterfeit goods.

Sutton Trading Standards received information from Chanel following a seizure by Border Force of two boxes containing 77 Chanel handbags. These were confirmed as being fake by representatives from Chanel and with a street value of the genuine items of over £150,000. Following the execution of an Entry Warrant in June 2017 by officers from Sutton Trading Standards and Sutton Parks Police, over 650 counterfeit items were seized including famous brand handbags, belts and scarves with a genuine street value of almost £300.000.

Sentencing, his honour Judge Flahive commented that trademark offences are serious because they undermine the reputation of reputable businesses. Three previous offences were also taken into account. Mrs Yang was handed a six month prison sentence, suspended for two years. Attached to this the judge added a 30 day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement, ordered attendance at a 19 day thinking skills programme and banned Mrs Yang from running a market stall in the UK for two years.

Councillor Abellan said, "This is a great result for the Trading Standards team with the removal from the street of a significant amount of counterfeit goods. Hopefully Mrs Yang will have received a timely reminder of the law."

If you believe you have been sold counterfeit goods and would like to report the matter to Trading Standards then call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 040506.