Cumbernauld’s counterfeiters warned: we will come for you, by Trading Standards

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 10:06 on 17 September 2013.
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TRADING Standards officers are warning counterfeiters in North Lanarkshire that they take “counterfeit crime very seriously”, following an investigation by officers into counterfeit goods in Bellshill.

Officers from North Lanarkshire Council’s Trading Standards department issued the stern warning after an investigation into fake goods resulted in a man losing thousands of pounds under proceeds of crime laws.

Following a bust by the Trading Standards department, hundreds of counterfeit goods, including brand names of Prada, Ugg, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger, Links of London, GHD and Burberry, were discovered and seized in the garage of Michael Dillon's home, in Bellshill.

Dillon was ordered to carry out 260 hours unpaid work in the community after admitting possessing the fake items, with the Bellshill resident ordered to pay back £26,000, on August 22nd, at Hamilton Sheriff Court,.

"The council takes counterfeit crime very seriously, so we are delighted with the outcome of this case where the proceeds of crime have been paid back," Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of the Environmental Services Committee explains.

"Our Trading Standards officers gathered significant intelligence on the operation to distribute and supply counterfeit goods, before reporting the case to the Procurator Fiscal. Working in partnership with the police, this led to the prosecution and resulting payment of £26,000 in proceeds of the crime."

Paul Bannister, Trading Standards manager, added: "The whole process has taken over three years, but this should be seen as a warning to counterfeiters that we will investigate and pursue this crime through the legal process. And this case shows that our actions are supported by Police Scotland and the Scottish courts."

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