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