Fake merchandise operator jailed

January 2010

TRADE MARK
Merchandising

Two men have received prison sentences after pleading guilty to trading in counterfeit merchandise for artists including The Rolling Stones, Green Day, Artic Monkeys, AC/DC and Franz Ferdinand.The Harrow Crown court heard that George Seng Lai Lau and Marios Kyriacou’s business, Choices Jewellery Ltd, had twice been raided by Brent and Harrow Trading Standards officers: on the first occasion in June 2007 more than 158,000 items were seized including branded hats, badges, T-shirts, bags and lanyards; when Trading Standards returned over a year later in August 2008 the warehouse had been re-stocked and a further 49,096 items were seized. Lau, the sole director of the company, was sentenced by Judge Madge to 21 months custody. Kyriacou, a senior employee, received a seven month sentence, suspended for two years a an curfew order with electronic tagging. A Proceeds of Crime Act investigation has commenced.

Live UK  December 2009  Issue 119

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