A 46-year-old man has been sentenced to 14-months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to selling fake perfume.
Mustafa Sahin, of Crescent Road, Edmonton, London, appeared at Wood Green Crown Court today (14/9) after pleading guilty to various offences at a previous court appearance.
Sahin pleaded guilty to:
• Possession of identity document with intent, Identity Cards Act 2006 – improperly obtained Driving license;
• Possession of identity document with intent, Identity documents Act 2010 – improperly obtained passport;
• Fraud by false representation, Fraud Act 2006, false application to TFL for taxi license;
• Fraud by False representation, Fraud Act 2006, false claim to DWP for benefits;
• Possession of 11,447 bottles of perfume bearing a counterfeit trade mark, Trade Marks Act 1994;
• Distributed goods bearing a false trademark, Trade Marks Act 1994;
• Offered for sale goods bearing a false trademark, Trade Marks Act 1994;
• Acquired/used or possessed criminal property, namely £4,638.02, Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
In May 2014, officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) conducted a warrant at the home and business premises of Sahin, where a large amount of counterfeit perfume was uncovered. The search revealed that Sahin had changed his name by Deed Poll and used this change to obtain fraudulent identity documents, which enabled him to build a small property empire in one name, while claiming benefits in another.
Investigating officer, Det Con Matt Wilson, of SEROCU, said: “We are committed to relentlessly targeting organised criminals with the support of our partner agencies, such as the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
“Together we will continue to actively pursue, those individuals or groups that commit crime within our communities.
“Sahin had attempted to frustrate the investigation by telling a series of lies to distance himself from the crimes, however clear evidence was found showing that he was complicit in importing the counterfeit perfume from Turkey and selling it across the country, which gave him little choice but to plead guilty.
“The perfume may have been similar in appearance to the genuine items but they would have fallen far short of the quality of the originals. As with any counterfeit items, corners will have been cut, and inferior ingredients used in its manufacture. Anyone placing this item on their skin has no idea what is in the bottle, and what reaction it may cause.
“Today’s sentence reflects the harm this type of organised crime has on the consumers and companies it affects.
“We will now be undertaking confiscation procedures to seize the defendants assets to ensure that he loses any benefit he made from his criminality.”
Ros Lynch, Director of Copyright and Enforcement at the Intellectual Property Office said: “The Government is committed to tackling IP crime and this case is another example of the great work done by the SEROCU. This 14 month sentence sends a clear message to IP criminals that police and agencies such as the IPO are working together to stamp out this kind of criminality.”