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Suspended jail sentence for phone cover seller

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23 January 2017

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A banned company director who was found with nearly 1,500 counterfeit mobile phone covers has been given a suspended jail sentence.

  • Enfield Council prosecutes business for selling fake mobile phone covers
  • 1,493 phone covers seized in raid on business
  • Operation part of Enfield Council’s continuing clampdown on counterfeiting in the borough

A banned company director who was found with nearly 1,500 counterfeit mobile phone covers has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Abdul Butt, 55, of Nettleden Avenue, Wembley, was prosecuted by Enfield Council after market stalls selling counterfeit phone cases were found to have been supplied by his company.

Officers visited his company address in Nobel Road, Edmonton, and found 1,493 counterfeit phone covers.

He appeared at Wood Green Crown Court  on 16 January 2017 where he pleaded guilty to the trade mark offences (three counts of having in his possession for supply 1493 phone covers which infringed the trademarks 'Apple' 'Ed Hardy' and 'Blackberry' contrary to section 92 Trade Marks Act 1994) and for breaching an order disqualifying him from being a company director.

He was sentenced to three months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, for the trademark offences and to 80 hours unpaid community service for breaching the disqualification order. He was also ordered to pay costs of £2,000 and was made subject to a £1,493 confiscation order.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: "We won't tolerate traders who seek to circumvent the law and sell counterfeit and otherwise illegal merchandise in the hope of making a quick profit.

"We want the public to rest assured that our trading standards officers will continue to target and prosecute businesses which infringe the law. Consumers in this borough deserve to know exactly what they are purchasing and be assured that they are not paying premium prices for fake and often poor quality merchandise."